Akureyri, Goðafoss waterfalls, Myvatn lake and the hot spring area
Day 4, May 15th, 2002
Day tour from Reykjavik by plane onto Akureyri and then by tourist bus to lake Myvatn, the geothermal fields, Godafoss waterfalls and the volcanic area featuring oddly shaped solidified lava artifacts.
After a 50 minutes flight, I arrive in Akureyri, the picturesque "capital" of north Iceland, received its municipal charter in 1862. The fishing industry has long been the major source of livelihood for residents of the area, but in recent years various industries have also been established. Akureyri serves as the hub of business and services in northern Iceland, and its role as an educational center is important and growing.
The tour starts with a visit to Goðafoss, some of the Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls.
Goðafoss is one of the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland and in Icelandic means "Waterfall of the Gods". It is created by Skjalfandafljot river which flows from its source some 180 km away, and lies directly over a lava field. Today the temperature is -3°C with low clouds, fog and light snow showers, which contributes to create a very nice and magic atmosphere. The waterfall's height varies between 9 and 17 meters and the width is about 100 meters.
After the waterfall, the river runs in a deep and narrow canyon.
The Myvatn lake, with the surrounding area, is a beautiful and interesting place to explore, filled of pseudo-craters, lava fields, explosion craters and hot springs. The lake measures about 40 square kilometers and has and average deepth of just 1-2 meters, no more than 4 meters at the deepest point.
Hot spring area near the town of Reykjahlid. The air's temperature is holding at -4°C with strong winds from the north and snow showers. Instead, the temperature of the mud pots reachs about 200°C. The snow melts intantly on the ground, which is very colorful with a lot of sulphur patches.Click HERE
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of the mud pots (17.2 megabytes)
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of the fumarole (6.4 megabytes)
Altough the gray sky doesn't allow to see much of the colors, the landscape around Myvatn lake is very nice.
Far away, between the fog, an immense explosion crater appears.
Shortly before heading back to Akureyri, we visit a lava field full of bizzarre-shaped natural sculptures.
The tour ends with a walk in the center of Akureyri. Some 15,000 people live in the city, and the surrounding suburbs are growing rapidly.
A cathedral in Akureyri and a nice tree in a garden.