Krysuvik Geothermal Area , Iceland
We followed road 427 from Grindavik along the Southern Coast of Reykjanes towards our destination of the day, Krysuvik Geothermal Area. The road was quiet, the skies were blue and the landscape was barren on this particular morning.
Turning from road 427 onto road 42, we found ourselves driving on fabulous smooth roads towards the mountain range in the distance.
The area is barren, but the different tints of brown and copper are in stark contrast with the blue skies on this beautiful morning in late March. First stop was Krysuvikkurkirkja, a small church which is now under the protection of the National museum. We continued our journey until we reached Krysuvik geothermal area.
A busy enough car park welcomed us to this remarkable location. The area is right in the middle of the fissure of the mid-Atlantic ridge and is known as the Krysuvik geothermal area. The main geothermal area where we stopped is known as Seltun. From the carpark, a wooden boardwalk runs in between the hotsprings which are marked by green and yellow coloured banks. A slight sulphur smell lingers between the mountains within the valley.
Hot mud pools are present as well, bubbling away like a hot stew on a fire. Only difference is that the stew is mud and best to be avoided.
The multiple colours of reds, browns, copper ,... are just fabulous and make this area into a must visit location.
Multiple signs give detailed explanations about the area and make it into an educational trip for adults and kids alike.
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