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Gunnuhver geothermal area with Reykjanesviti Lighthous in the ba
Gunnuhver geothermal area with Reykjanesviti Lighthous in the ba Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Named after an angry female ghost, Gudrun, whose spirit was trapped in the hot springs by a priest 400 years ago, the steamy area has an eerie atmosphere and an incredible sulphur vapor. A unique characteristic of Gunnuhver is that the groundwater here is 100% seawater, unlike other geothermal areas on the island. The colorful minerals in the ground provide vibrant hues, but danger is very real with temperatures over 300°C (570°F) so it is important to tread lightly and stick to the trails. Iceland´s largest mud pool resides at Gunnuhver; it is 20 meters (65 ft) wide of violently boiling earth. Reykjanesviti lighthouse on Reykjanes peninsula is an iconic historic structure. Few buildings in Iceland—or in the world—are as imposingly located. It was Iceland’s first lighthouse, and actually, there have been two versions of lighthouses with this name. The original one was built in 1878 but got severely damaged in a large earthquake that struck in 1887. The current version was built on safer ground in 1907 at Bæjarfell hill.
Þorbjörn Mountain (Thorbjorn) in the twilight with snow on the
Þorbjörn Mountain (Thorbjorn) in the twilight with snow on the Þorbjörn Mountain (Thorbjorn) is 243 m high and is located at the end of Reykjanes peninsula near Grindavík village. It’s easy to walk up as there is a nice road on the east side of it. On the North side of the mountain there is a small forest called Selskógur. From the top you have beautiful view over the Reykjanes peninsula.
View over Reykjanesskagi
View over Reykjanesskagi View over Lake Kleifarvatn and the mountains Hellutinda, Miðdegishnjúk, Sveifluháls, Hverafjall, Mávahlíðar, Fíflavallafjall, Grænadyngju, Trölladyngju and Keilir at Reykjanes, Iceland
Volcano from air in wintertime
Volcano from air in wintertime Volcano Stóra-Eldborg at Reykjanes from air in wintertime. -The lava of Eldborg is an olivine-rich pahoehoe. The age is not well known, but judging from the soil cover, gravel deposits covering it and the effects of weathering on its surface, it might be 7000-8000 years old.
Snorrastaðatjarnir
Snorrastaðatjarnir Snorrastaðatjarnir at Reykjanesskagi, Southwest Iceland. A popular recreational area. Pounds, rich of vegetation and important resting place for migration birds.
Snorrastaðatjarnir
Snorrastaðatjarnir Snorrastaðatjarnir at Reykjanesskagi, Southwest Iceland. A popular recreational area. Pounds, rich of vegetation and important resting place for migration birds.
Snorrastaðatjarnir
Snorrastaðatjarnir Snorrastaðatjarnir at Reykjanesskagi, Southwest Iceland. A popular recreational area. Pounds, rich of vegetation and important resting place for migration birds.
Snorrastaðatjarnir
Snorrastaðatjarnir Snorrastaðatjarnir at Reykjanesskagi, Southwest Iceland. A popular recreational area. Pounds, rich of vegetation and important resting place for migration birds.
Snorrastaðatjarnir
Snorrastaðatjarnir Snorrastaðatjarnir at Reykjanesskagi, Southwest Iceland. A popular recreational area. Pounds, rich of vegetation and important resting place for migration birds.