Today we started off by stopping at Laufas. We learned about the history of the Icelandic people and their living quarters. We walked into the small houses that were covered in turf. These houses were built with turf to preserve heat. On the inside the houses were very small and sort of dark. The house had been settled around 1047 and the current version was from the 1800s. Next we traveled to the rare pseudocraters at Lake Myvatn. The only other place you can find them other than Iceland is on Mars. Our next stop was at Dimmuborgir where there are interesting lava formations and trolls and fairies are thought to live. Next we visited the lava field and were attacked by swarms and swarms and swarms of midges. Then we tried lava bread. It was pretty good. After escaping the midges, we went to the geothermal field that smelled like sulfur. We saw bubbling mud pots of death and a red mountain and stood in the steam of fumaroles. It smelled amazing, just like rotten eggs. Next we went to the crater lake where we almost got blown away by the wind. It was worth it, though, because the beautiful snowy crater looked like the foundation of a fairy castle. We couldn’t get to the parking lot because it was covered with snow and had to trek in. We raced back down and I (Richard) won. Our next experience was the relaxing geothermically heated baths. It was a light blue pool which was foggy because of the silica and had black rocks at the bottom. The bath was a pleasant temperature which made our skin really soft. We are about to head back to Akureyri for dinner. It was a great way to finish off our stay in Akureyri.
By Alex, Ashley, Richard, Sarah, Anna
Photos by Mrs. Inman, India, Lucy, and Mrs. Camp
N.B.–We would love to post a wider cross section of photos from more students, but because most shots (there must be thousands by now, collectively) are on cameras, not on a phone or iPad, it’s difficult for us to upload them from here. You can look forward to TONS of pictures from the kids upon our return, and in the meantime if your child is with us and has free data or wireless access and can send a few photos from their phone to my email address we would love to have more to post here! We also really appreciate and thank our “regular contribtors”! –kp
Our favorite Icelandic vikings
The midge nets came in handy!
Photography at Dimmuborgir
Viti, the crater lake, was a bit windy!
Hverir/Namafjall Geothermal Area
Lava formations at Dimuborgir, home of the Yule Lads and the troll queen Gryla.
The drive home