Transatlantic — Iceland; Námafjall Hverir


Namafjall Hverir

Next up on our tour out of Akureyri was another geothermal area. This is the Námafjall Geothermal Area, also referred to as Námafjall Hverir. Here, surrounded by steam venting in the nearby foothills, you’ll find bubbling mudpots and sulfur emitting fumaroles.

Namafjall Hverir

The surrounding terrain is barren and a bit bizarre:

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

But at the actual geothermal site there is much to see and experience. Here is a particularly popular fumarole:

Namafjall Hverir

In these next photos you can see people meandering about many of the steaming areas:

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

One of my favorite shots today is this one showing steam vents spewing forth from the darkened hills behind visitors to the park:

Namafjall Hverir

I’ll leave you today with this image of a bubbling pool of heated water:

Namafjall Hverir

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Fun Photo Friday — Iceland; Akureyri Favorites 2


Rusts, Greens, and Grays

Akureyri Area Favorites Part 2:

Icelandic Farm

Pillars in the Distance

Tranquil Waters

Just Venting

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Transatlantic — Iceland; Dettifoss Part 2


Vatnajökull National Park

There are other waterfalls here, both upstream and downstream, within a short distance of Dettifoss. The most impressive of these secondary attractions is the downstream Hafragilsfoss, to which we did not have time to hike. But just upstream is Selfoss which, while not as impressive as Dettifoss, is nevertheless a dynamic scene because of the sheer basalt cliffs from which the falls drop.

Selfoss waterfall, upstream from Dettifoss

Selfoss waterfall, upstream from Dettifoss

Still, as much as the sights and sounds of falling water may attract, the basalt lava fields also leave quite the impression:

Basalt pillars

Basalt lava fields

Until this week’s Fun Photo Friday, here is one last look at Dettifoss with a rather impressive rainbow highlighting it:

Dettifoss

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