Myvatn Again…


After our hiking experiences in Asbyrgi and our return to Myvatn we explored our beloved lava and sulphur fields once more. The formations up there are just breath-taking, yet as more and more people stampede through them (despite barriers being erected) I assume it will only be a question of time when they are damaged or gone Trauriges Smiley

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The views down towards the interior (desert…)

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It’s active here

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Lake Myvatn

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And once more in a panorama

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We are usually staying in the same camp-site every time as it’s the most peaceful one and next to a hotel where I grab my morning coffee (and Internet). As they are did absolutely nothing the last 4 years (and before…) things are falling apart

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Typical Icelandic view

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What a wonderful sunset from our kitchen table

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nightly pleasures

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another part of the Myvatn area

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colourful lava

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in big chunks

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as far as the eye can see

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sometimes the lava leaves these tubes standing

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which remain (and can be in places several hundred meters long)

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active earth…

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A whole mountain flank is steaming

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The night I took the 8×10 up the crater of the Hverfjell volcano crater

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Beautiful sunset

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Next day, clear sky at Viti (= hell)

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The geothermal power plant in Myvatn

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No wind, just sun – smoke signs Smiley

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Viti crater

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Hikers paradise

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and steaming mud and sulphur pools

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bubbles all around you

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with all kind of colours (and smells…)

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and one more…

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aside the lava field in full steam

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very impressive

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steam rises against the clear sky

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active earth

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and the river of lava from the eruptions in the 18th century as well as the new one from the 1970s

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Sometimes you hate the other tourists! Who can be so thick to step into an active sight like this – not only is it dangerous (we talk 100+ °C) but it destroys the view for years (or centuries)

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the sulphur is so beautiful to view

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Sauron’s 3rd teeth Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Well, the goblin version (broken and shattered)

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One downside of the weather are the hordes of flies swarming around you (they don’t sting or bit but more suck (no, not that way, but literally)) . As soon as there is a non windy side they gather and attack. Creeping into noses, ears, etc. Ursula got a mosquito net which helps a lot, but Muslim style hiking is not easy as you see very little…

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on the ridge of Hverfjell once more – this time (for the first time ever since we came to Iceland) we made the whole ring. In 2008 it was far too cold, in 2012 you were nearly blown away – now it was perfect!

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Isn’t that a view – a volcano as one expects one Smiley

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Lady hiker… Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Over the volcano to the lake

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sunset again beautiful

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setting up the equipment is quite a task (especially taking the 24 kg up the slope Zwinkerndes Smiley…)

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Well, I mentioned the flies

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The weather is changing and you can see it in the sky already – altering winds

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So next day we are off towards the East and then we will see…

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