Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Iceland here I come....

Our conference field trip today - we went to Laugarvatn - heralded as the second most beautiful place in Iceland (the first now being covered in ash). It was a loooooooooooooooong ass drive out there, 3-4hrs, which kind of put a damper on things - I think most would have been much happier with somewhere closer. The hike at the end was nice, the place nice, nothing too spectacular, but then again I am kind of spoilt for dramatic volcano scapes these days....


The long drive out in 4WD buses! Eric and Scott for scale....

They took us to this park, where we had sandwiches and then were left to wander for a few hours before a lamb BBQ. The scenery was stark, basalt and lava scapes, with hydrothermal pockets, lots of steam oozing from rocks, was pretty cool.


Looking over a river myself and student Anela went to explore.

Looking over the lava field.
We did a little "off roading"...

The result of the volcano, even many hundreds of miles away - here is an ice bench, covered with ash.

A hot hydrothermal pool at the end. I didn't partake, I was going too, but the water was a little "gooey" as someone put it, and there were 100 deep sea biologists also in there.....

1 comment:

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Wow. Beautiful and unexpected terrain! HUGE buses!