All this volcanic activity does effect how people live. They have seismic activity almost daily (we didn't feel any). We met travellers who were monitoring it constantly (we figured if something happened, someone would tell us!) They have emergency plans for what to do in the event of an eruption, especially in the south where most of the major activity is (read about it in one of our lodgings). Iceland is the leader in geothermal technology. We stayed in several places where the water and heat was from a geothermal source. Also, they love their hot springs and heated pools. The most famous being Blue Lagoon. We didn't go there, we went to the big hot spring near Myvaan. Almost every town we stayed in had a pool and hot tubs, often using natural water as the source.
We did not see any lava on this trip (guess I am saving that for my trip someday to Hawaii as it is a bucket list item), we did see a lot of signs that there was thermal activity going on underneath the ground. Here is a sample.
The first place we saw it was at:
|These are the types of signs you see around the "hot spots"|
This next picture, we aren't sure what type of geothermal activity we are seeing. It was across the lake in Thingvellir National Park.
Then of course there are geysers. The original geyser, which all others are named for, is in Iceland. It use to erupt very frequently, but now it rarely does.
|The name fit as that is how big it is!|
|This is what the geyser "pool" looks like between eruptions.|
Next up, we had our visit to Mars. It is just what I pictured the red planet looking like.
This is near Mytan. It appeared to be a natural "hot spring" (no swimming aloud) that had geothermal pipes near it.
We didn't see lava but we did climb 3 volcano craters. The first Hverfell:
I admit it was much further up then I expected!
At the top!
It is interesting to me how different the rock formations are around very similar geological events!
Finally, Saxholl. This is where I sprained my ankle. We were walking and I stepped on a loose rock and rolled it. The first words out of my mouth were not HBO ones but rather, "I didn't just sprain my ankle!". Fortunately it was the second last day of the trip and was a minor sprain that only was a problem for about 2 weeks.
That is a look at some of the fire or hints of fire we saw. I will share some of the cool lava rock formations in a later post about rocks. Come back next week for a ice and snow and one of our favourite places.