Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The day we got ourselves into hot water..............


So after a two day stop over in Akureyri and with minds,bodies and souls refreshed it was on the road again.

First up was Myvatn lakes with its associated thermal area. It could be identified from a long way off by plumes of steam.

 

Getting up and close and personal with the thermal area 

 

I half expected to see the Maori legend Hinemoa come around the corner with her flax basket  singing "Po karekare ana"! It was the closest thing I have ever seen to Rotorua in New Zealand although , without being competitive, , the Rotorua area would have the edge on size and variety.  Lots of mud pools. 

 

And loud  steam vents 

 

We go up past the geo thermal power station 


 

And then a walk out on a recent lava flow - it was only formed in a big eruption about 40 years ago  I am not sure what I am studying here but it is obviously an important addition to the knowledge of mankind...


 


And we must be in Iceland ! 

 

And then to the bit about getting ourselves into hot water - we stopped at the thermal baths for a hot soak.


 

I thought the water seemed a little hot in this pool !


 

And suitably refreshed and now with baby-like skins and complexions from the mineral baths we rode up to Husavik- the whale watching capital of Iceland and - as claimed - of the world. Up to 11 different types of whale are spotted here in Husavik. 

And then, not exactly by chance I might add, we meet up with Mike Ferris of "World on Wheels" taking a motorcycle tour around Iceland. He and his group were going the opposite direction. We had a great night with Mike and his Australian group and shared stories of the road over a beer or two. 

Tomorrow it is a bigger day but will position us at a fjord near  the port of Seydisfiodur for the Ferry back to Denmark leaving Thursday.

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