Iceland March 2020


Strange times indeed! Sitting in lockdown in Edinburgh writing this post seems somehow sureal – especially as it is just one month since we left Iceland… The story started several months back when Urzula was invited to speak in Toronto – so we bought tickets via Iceland (much cheaper then…) and on the way back took our well-deserved free 5-day stop-over-break there.

Originally we had planned to drive from Keflavik to Myvatn, but the weather was somehow against us. With the prevailling high pressure over the North Pole Iceland is (still) very much in deep winter – ranging from -5 to -13°C in March. So we flew from Reykjavik to Akureyri on a domestic flight. As there are no connections in Akureyri there was no (0) security control and you could bring anything on board (gin, water, etc.) – actually why not, you cannot go anywhere from there and the country is safe (as it used to be in most places around the world).

Arriving in Akureyri and after finding the car the fun started – driving on winter roads with studded tires… Not for the faint-hearted, especially not coming from Scotland or say Edinburgh with the non-existing winter.

Yet our favourite caldera looked so snug in winter costume…

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Ice is everywhere and the frozen areas are just a pure wonderland

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Some larger volcano (which erupted under a glacier – you can see that by the form) in the far distance

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Ice again P0000964

drops on the wire frozen to it

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a winter hike in the pro-caldera area around lake Myvatn’s northern shore

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And a small village in winter hibernation

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The whole area is sprinkled with eruption burps – these are not real caldera, more like erupted spots where the gas went… (you get the picture…)

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Ice constellations

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Interesting, when the ice forms crystal-like structures

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Murder someone?

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More ice structures

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Volcanic wonderland

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The colours are extremely intense in the fading light

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And even the mud-bubbling cauldrons are covered

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Prevailing wind direction

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We assumed something oily bubbling up and staying

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Dwarfed and in awe by nature

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The weather sometimes was not for the faint-hearted with strong snow, cold spells and loads of gusts. Funny there is the fact that the road is heated by volcanic water rushing to the power plant

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As you can see – you cannot see a lot…

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Rivers are covered

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Time to get back to the hotel…

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These guys tried to drive where they were not supposed to…

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Another day – another weather. Cold (-13°), but amazing weather!

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Hiking up our beloved volcano with amazing views of the landscape

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The dimensions only get real when people as a comparison are involved

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Summit break (boaring wait for the photographer ;-))

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Deep breaths

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Many other calderas in the distance

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With the snow it’s the first time we could see the line of calderas properly (usually they are black on black…)

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Snow drifts create wonderful patterns

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And again the line

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The wind is fierce and like a sandblast

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Creating amazing formations again

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Final view before the descent

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An evening picture

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Lake Myvatn in peace

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And a full view once more

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The volcanic water power plant

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Hot volcanic water gushing down the stream

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Creating sediment (pretty much like a stalaktite – just horizontal)

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molten caves of ice

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Fancy a bath?

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A hot spring from the distance

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The final night we took a rental car from Reykjavik airport to the hotel next to Keflavik and drove down the inland route. Amazing sky and they shot a movie (we guessed for a music video…). Gory stuff 😉

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