It was showering with rain when we woke but it cleared before we drove to see the Goðafoss waterfall. It was certainly coat and gloves weather but it was good hiking weather. We then drove another 40-odd km to lake Mývatn which is one of the biggest lakes in Iceland.
Next was Skútustaðir, a little further down the road where there are pseudo-craters. These were formed when the geo-thermal pressures underneath the soil came up at various points and raised some hillocks. Fascinating! A little further along the shores of the Lake was Dimmuborgir which is where a beautiful lava labyrinth with very strange lava formations can be observed, which provide shelter for the abundant vegetation. We walked about 4 kms around to see all the different forms of the lava.
Another 15 minutes along the lake is the Námaskarð solfataras, with their grey mud pools which are extremely hot and boiling, with the yellowish sulphur precipitations and the unforgettable smell. There was no vegetation on the rolling hills at all. In many places, there was steam coming out of the earth surface. But the most incredible feature was the power plant which was harnessing the
hot water which was the energy source for a major part of northern Iceland. There was a large pipe with hot water gushing out and the noise it was making was thundering. Incredible!
It seemed that every time we rounded a mountain there was something different to see in Iceland, that was a little unique and interesting.
It was then time to drive 50 kms due north to Husavik as we had booked to go on a speed boat trip to Puffin Island (Lundey) where over 200,000 puffin birds (known as the clowns of the ocean) nest each year . We were kitted out in very warm and waterproof all-in-ones and goggles. We had all our warm clothes on underneath. We were pretty excited about this trip as we hadn't seen puffin birds to date.
The trip didn't disappoint us. After a 15 minute speed-boat ride, which was great fun, we saw the island in front of us. There were puffin birds everywhere. It was fantastic to see them floating on the water, occasionally diving for fish, flying with their wings flapping like mad, and roosting on land in the burrows they had dug. They are lovely
looking birds about the size of a wild duck. We sat on the stationary boat for an hour observing the birds and snapping the camera madly. I hope you enjoy the photos. It was a wonderful experience. While out there, the guide gave us all a shot of the local 'fire water' - it tasted a little like drambuie.....and very warming.
On the way back to the mainland, the driver of the speed boat opened the throttle - exhilarating. We got back to shore, took off our protective clothing and walked back to our motor home, very satisfied with our day. We have had so many lovely experiences and seeing such a lot of unique landforms, it's wonderful.
We then drove to our camp site which was 20 kms from Husavik. The sunset was magnificent (11.00pm) made even more beautiful with all the clouds. The effects of the sun setting continued well after midnight.
We were so lucky with the weather today, and now looking forward to our final day in Iceland....and it will be sad to leave such a beautiful island.
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