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Jun 7, 2016 - Fjords and Geothermal Action

Today we left for the north region(#8). It was cloudy and rainy. About 25 miles outside of town we came across a beautiful double waterfall. No sign or name listed on the map. We hiked up for a closer look. Someone must know about it as when we got back to the car, a tour group was getting off a bus. I had commented that we hadn't seen any sheep yet when some appeared! Today was the coldest day so far with temp of 37 degrees, the freeze warning icon showed up on the car dash. Foggy again as we drove at the higher altitudes, not much to...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Krafla, Mývatn & Goðafoss

Last weekend my aunt took me on a tour to see some sights close to Húsavík. Our first stop was at a place called Hverir (pronounced: Kverir) just outside the small town Reykjahlið, which is a geothermal field which has many mudpots and fumaroles. A fumarole is an opening in the earth's crust that emit steam and gases, and occur most often in the vicinity of a volcano (in this case, said volcano was Krafla). At one point while taking some photos, I accidentally bumped into another tourist as we were all crowded on a small platform...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Mývatn

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Mývatn was named for the swarms of midges, small flies, which are ever present during the summer months. The lake was formed 2300 years ago by a large eruption and today the lake and its surrounding wetlands are home to countless water birds, especially ducks. The lake is fed by an abundantly nutrient-rich spring and is filled with aquatic insects. The midges can be extremely annoying, but most visitors will agree that they are a small price to pay for the natural beauty of the surroundings. Just a short distance from the...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Myvatn Geothermal-, Vulkan- & Seen-Region

Wer Reykjavik zu gross findet (etwas kleiner als Zuerich), der fliegt nach Akureyri und geniesst die Region um Myvatn. Hier tischt Island wohl das Beste vom Besten auf. All dies garniert mit Milliarden nerviger Moskitos ;-) Mondlandschaften in allen Farbschattierungen, rauchende Erde, Thermalquellen inmitten der Vulkane, neugierige Schafe, tuerkisblaue mineralhaltige Seen, erloschene Minivulkankraeterchen, moosuebersaet und in die Landschaft gewuerfelt. ...Smaragdgruene Seenspiegelungen, maechtige Schluchten, zufriedene Islandpferde,...

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Aug 11, 2010 - Dettifoss to Myvatn

Another 30km of gravel road and then we were in civilization again! We really noticed how desolate some areas are where we drive through on gravel roads – rocks, gravel, sand and no vegetation. This has been a long and beautiful day again. Time to relax! It is 10pm and still light outside! While there is some space here for this day we would like to make some observations about the roads here in Iceland. There seem to be three types of roads. There first category are those that are mostly paved, then there are reasonably-well maintained...

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Aug 10, 2010 - Egilsstadir to Myvatn

The morning started with breakfast in our room. The set up was different in that our breakfast was in the refrigerator in our room. Not buffet style. So we had a cozy breakfast for two! The day began cloudy, but dry! After breakfast we left for Seydisfjordur to go kayaking. The road there was over a mountain. Halfway up the mountains we got into a dense fog. But on top of the mountain it was clear and bright sunshine. Further down the mountain the fog reappeared and then in the village was overcast, but no fog. We met Klinne, our kayak...

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