|Myvatn Geothermal Area|
Day 10 - Myvatn - Craters, Sulfur Pots, and Steam Vents
|Pseudocraters on Lake Myvatn|
Our first exploration was to take a short hike at Kálfaströnd to observe the lake and surrounding pseudocraters (rootless cones created from steam eruptions). We also got to see some arctic terns and other waterfowl.
|Lava Rock Formations in Dimmuborgir|
|Leanne climbs up the Hverfjall crater.|
We continued to Viti Crater. Viti in Icelandic means "hell" and although it might have caused hell in 1734 when it erupted, Viti looks nothing like it now. The perfectly round crater is filled with turquoise water. Ice sheets were still present in part of the rim in summer. We enjoyed walking the rim and admiring the surreal landscape.
With still more to see and a long drive ahead of us, we reluctantly left the Myvatn area. Our next stop was the formidable and famous Detifoss waterfall. Detifoss is the largest waterfall in Iceland according to volume of water that discharges over the falls. It was a 5-10 minute walk from the parking area to the falls.
What power! We marveled at the impressive falls and when the sun broke out, got a glimpse of a waterfall across the canyon. Before leaving, we also strolled down to Selfoss, a smaller, but still beautiful, waterfall upstream.
|Rainbow over Detifoss|
|Selfoss is upstream from Detifoss|
Our day in Myvatn and Detifoss was nothing short of amazing. The geothermal activity and stark landscape makes Iceland incredibly special. It's a shame that most tourists don't have the time to drive up north to these treasures. They are truly a wonder to behold.