Monday, September 1, 2014
The Krafla volcanic region stretches to several mountains. The whole are is alive with zones that are too hot to walk on (including the area around Hveraröndor Hverir). The area is a source of electricity and hot water for part of Iceland as the power company taps into the geothermal energy. This is the largest crater in the area. You can walk all around the periphery.
From 1975-1984 there were fissure eruptions which caused fires over a large region. Large lava fields and some hot spots remain.
A second water-filled crater is just beside it.
You can see the land near it is coloured by the minerals. The coloured ground is toxic to life - too many heavy metals and acid for growth.
A third crater spews steam. The colours are similar to the area around Hverir.
Next we hiked to Leirhnjúkur, also part of the Krafla system. The mountain still steams thirty years after the Krafla fires.
Eruptions and fires in the area from 1975 to 1984 have left large swaths of lava fields.
A steamy crater on Leirhnjúkur - you can see spots where the water is boiling.
Here, too there is a sense of being on another planet; it is so different from any landscape I have ever been in.
More photos at: Iceland and Faroe Islands album