Easy asked if all that volcanic activity smelled. The answer is some of it did. In one of the places we stayed the water had a slightly sulphur smell and taste. The place that looked like Mars was by the far the stinkiest place. It really smelled like rotten eggs. We didn't find the hot spring smelt very much.
The Daily Pip asked about the temperature. The temperature, as in the weather, was between 5-15C/41-51F (perhaps a bit warmer a couple afternoons in the sun). The temperature of the water in the places that it bubbled up at the side of the road were reported to be 80-100C/179-212F, so dangerously hot. The temperature of the bathing hot springs is apparently 37-39C/99-102F.
Now on to part 6 - Snow and Ice
You would think that as a Canadian who just survived the coldest winter on record I would have selected a trip to somewhere that was warmer. Truth be told, I like cooler temperatures. I don't mind visiting snow or having it around for a few days. Surprising for a place called Iceland, there is less snow than you would think during the summer.
In earlier post I have shared a few pictures with snow, my favourite picture, a favourite road, so here are some new ones.
Going up the Myrdalsjokull -(a glacier)
|This was the view going up in a super jeep|
The next picture is me near the glacier. We didn't stop on the edge of the glacier due to time. The drive up that big hill in the last picture took some time. The glacier is receding about 50 feet a year. Several years ago where I am standing would have been glacier.
This next set of pictures are from one of our favourite stops. This lagoon is where icebergs calf. It has been featured in a number of movies including Laura Croft Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, and Die Another Day.
This was the one spot where I spent a lot of time reflecting on the issues of climate change and global warming. If the glaciers are receding so quickly, what is the future of a beautiful place like this? Will my niece ever get the chance to see this, or will it be gone by the time she is old enough to travel? It was truly one of the coolest (literally and figuratively) natural wonders I have seen and imagining a world without it is a little sad.
|Even a seal lived in the lagoon!|
|The bluer the ice, the older it is. The more water is compressed the bluer it gets|
There was of course some snow and ice still in the mountains
|This was at the top of the scary road!|
That is a sample of some of the ice and snow we saw.
Next week, we will look at waterfalls. We saw more of them then snow! I am also happy to answer any questions you have about the country.