Day 2 - Reykjanes Peninsula Tour - Garoskagi Lighthouse, Hot Springs of Seltun/Krysuvik and the "Pearl"
Rolling Hills of Iceland
Earling explains our location.
Smelly, Stinky Encounter
Our next treat for the day was stop at the Hot Springs of Seltun/Krysuvik. Earling must have told us to NOT even think of getting off the path to see if the water was hot - it is! As we walked up to the pathways, you suddenly were faced with this thick smell of rotten eggs. There weren't any chickens. It was the sulfur mixed with the vaporous steam coming out of the ground. Walking further brought you to wooden planks that allowed you an overlooking view into the "bog of hot, smelly, bubbling stench. Many people had to cover their noses as they made their way. To the skin, you could feel the heat being released into the air. Low sounds of percolating bubbles could be heard if you stood absolutely still. Various mists of noxious fumes blew in the wind. It was spectacular, beautiful and exceptionally stinky!
Above are the bubbling, smelly fields. Beautiful, but stinky!
First bubbling fields I came across.
Sitting at the top of the World - well kind of!
Earling was in a bit of a hurry at this part of the journey. We had lunch reservations and apparently dilly-dallied far too long and were an hour behind! We had to stop at "The Pearl" which is one of the plants that takes the heat from well below the earth's crust, brings it up and uses the steam to heat almost EVERYTHING. It was remarkable to hear Earling explain how they even have outdoor heated pools in the winter. They also don't have to ever shovel snow because they use this energy to melt the snow on the sidewalks. Going to The Pearl offered beautiful photos of Reykjavik. The Pearl is called so because it has a mirror, rounded exterior - looking like a grey pearl shining in the sun.