Iceland Road Trip - Part Five

Geothermals & Vatnsnes Peninsula

2010 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip

Getting to Seyðisfjörður up in the north-east was way too much of a pain in the butt [mostly because I decided to drive too far in one day, per the usual] but this photo below was basically the end of my day. Mountain pass to get down into the valley. I knew something was up when I started getting ice warnings on my car and then suddenly it was white out conditions with snow on either side and some of the thickest fog I've seen in a while. Pretty cool though, wouldn't want to be doing that drive in the winter however...

Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road

Just outside Mývatn is a super geothermal area where there are bubbling pots of ooze and smoke stacks that smoke all day. You really don't want to breath in that sulfur though, it stays in your lungs for hours. Around there you can feel the ground crunch around your feet as there's literally zero water left in the soil. A little creepy but beautiful crystal clear blue sky- Iceland has some of the cleanest air in Europe, I mean outside the smoke pots I'd imagine.

Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road

Geothermal plant with florescent blue water. There were warnings all over the place not to jump in the water though, got to keep those over zealous tourists from killing themselves.

Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road

This little band of wilderness is called the Vatnsnes Peninsula home to many a seal colony. They were getting tested on by scientists while I was there, so needless to say Tanya's brethren [her maiden name is Seal] weren't very happy. Neither were the birds, I had probably a good 20 birds hovering around me at all times trying to peck out my photographer eyes.

I stayed in a little town called Osar which you have to drive out pretty far on this pretty hacked up road up and over all these hills. The hostel there is awesome, but don't expect to do too much. It's barren and so far from the main road. Apart from the birds trying to kill you, there's not a whole lot there. I shared a room and was highly entertained by a couple French girls and I think I fell in love with one of them so it was ok in the end.

Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road
Iceland Photography Driving on the Ring Road

One more post in the tank, coming up soon! Some of my favorite photos too, these ones were just ok.

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  • Sarah - Wow, that geothermal area looks VERY similar to White Island in NZ! I have almost the exact same pic of boiling mud splattering up. :)

    And hmm... geothermal plant = fluorescent blue water, hey? Maybe THAT'S the secret behind Lake Louise and Lake Pukaki + Lake Taupo!

  • ian - I think the blue water is just food coloring.

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