Photographer's Note

On the 7th day of our trip in Iceand, we leaver the farm of Mdrudalur and drive on the road 1 to the Mvatn lake region, one of the most touristic places in Iceland. We will stay there for a few days. One of the most known places in the area is Namaskard, a passs to the east of the Mvatn lake. On the east side of the Namafjall mountain there is an impressive hydrothermal site named Hverarnd (or sometimes Hverir). It has a few hot springs, fumaroles, boiling mud pots and very active solfataras. The underground water is heated by the magma chamber of Krafla volcano and resurfaces full of minerals (mostly sulfur) and volcanic gases (in particular hydrogen sulphide). The condensation and the crystallization then create a fantastic landscape ! Marked paths run through the site, and you should stay on them if you want to avoid serious problems : the ground is very fragile in some places and you could put your feet in boiling water or mud ! The other inconvenience of the site is the rotten eggs smell because of hydrogen sulphide (but you accustom to this bad smell) and the many small flies that invade the area at the time of the year we were there (late spring / early summer). And this is a lot harder to accustom to these unbearable bugs !

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