- Take a warm morning soak to thaw us after a cold night in the highlands
- Drive through the interior toward Dettifoss, Selfoss, Hafragilsfoss, and Krafla geothermal area
- Stop when the mood strikes
- Very few roads are paved - even the ring road is gravelly in some places - and F roads are marked, warning drivers that only 4WD vehicles can take 'em!
- More than 85% of homes and buildings use geothermal energy as their only heat source!
|Laugarfell - free hot pots and cheap showers|
|view of Snaefell Mtn|
|gas in the middle of nowhere|
|Saenautasel - an old sod homestead that is now a museum and small farm|
|now there's a car for the F roads|
|Dettifoss. Hypnotizing. My favorite foss, by far.|
|so much power flowing through this otherwise barren, desolate landscape|
|Selfoss, a 1-mile hike above Dettifoss|
|campsite downstream from a geothermal plant - the creek here was lukewarm|
- Explore geothermal areas full of steam, calderas and lava beds
- Check out Lake Myvatn
- Get up to Akureyri and explore the city
Fun Facts (pertinent to the pictures ahead):
- Pseudocraters (like those at Lake Myvatn) look like volcanic craters, but were not caused by magma eruption. They occur when hot lava flows over ground that contains water, causing the water to rapidly steam and explode up through the lava layer! There are also pseudocraters on Mars!
- Lava pillars at Dimmuborgir were similarly formed. As hot lava passed over this marshy area the marsh water boiled, causing the steam vapor to rise up through the lava and form tall pillars and arches!
- Fell or Fjall? According to our guide book the crater was named Hverfell originally, but has been called Hverfjall for the last 150 years. Recently, a local man took the issue to court to have the name changed back, and won! The suffix -fell means small hill and -fjall means mountain!
|Krafla Geothermal Power Station - in operation since 1977|
|Leirhnjukur lava field formed during eruptions between 1975-1984|
|Hverir geothermal fields, just down the road from Krafla|
|bubbling mud cauldron|
|steam vents, sulphur deposits|
|approaching Hverfell crater|
|rim is 1km in diameter|
|Dimmuborgur, home of the Yule Lads (naughty Christmas trolls) and hardened lava pillars|
|lunch spot on Lake Myvatn|
|quick stop at Godafoss|
|drove on to Akureyri, population 18,000|
|wandered around this quaint college town|
|found free wifi, ate a real meal...|
...and set up camp a few miles outside of town.