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Published: August 6th 2010
Today was all about the Puffins. We were very lucky to end up seeing these little birds actually since Iceland produced the weather we have heard so much about with rain and massive winds. The Puffins are a boat trip to an Island about 30 minutes away and the swell was huge! Made for an interesting trip. So once there, with rain and wind plus leaving our car behind we had 5 hours to do it all. Straight to the tourist office for information and she said w would have to be lucky to see Puffins whilst here but we gave it a go BUT the Puffins were on the other side of the Island. So hitchiking it was and the third car picked us all up and we were quickly to the spot.
We bumped into a couple of other tourists there also who said they had only seen only one Puffin for the whole time on the Island so our hopes were decreasing.. We walked to a wooden lookout hut with no luck viewing over the cliff faces. Then we decided to head away from the tourists and the three of us jumped a couple of fences and
5 Seljavallalang (recent volcano) (10)
Over the hill is the volcano that erupted two months ago.. The pool is heated by it and all the black is the ash..
walked for about 30 minutes around the cliff face and all of a sudden Alex saw a Puffin fly by… Diana saw another one… We kept walking around over another hill we got to see a whole colony of these cute little birds sitting and feeding on the cliff face. Sooo lucky we were to be seeing these birds and we found out we were the only people to see them of two boat loads of people.. It helps to get of the tourist trail and go exploring yourself we think.
Well next we managed to hitchhike back to the city after the second car passed and got on the boat to head back to the mainland. We headed more South East along the coast to where the recent volcano erupted and we could still see the effects of this. Roads been built again from wild rivers flowing from Glacier melt and black ash all over the place.
We heard about a thermal bath that was close to this volcano so we headed to their hoping to have a bath but not knowing how the situation will be. What we got was a complete black ask mountain
5 Seljavallalang (recent volcano) (26)
The water from the pipe is coming from the mountain and is hot enough to cook our pasta and heat our cans of food.
behind us and a hot pool to have for ourselves! Soooo lucky we have been with these things. We could even still here what sound like thunder coming from inside the mountain which turns out to be hot water which has filled where the lava used to be boiling away. The water turns out to be so hot that we were even able to cook our pasta in it plus heating up all our other food. So we were cooking our food from the hot water that is coming from the volcano that erupted two months ago! Sounds cool! We are having a wonderful time here in Iceland!
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