Krýsuvík Geothermal Area (0126)
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On the peninsula Reykjanes, a little south of the Icelandic capital Reykjavík lies the geothermal area Krýsuvík. Between my visits to the volcano Fagradalsfjall I had driven to the geothermal area in light rain and very low-hanging clouds. I already knew from my visit in Yellowstone that geothermal areas have their special charm when the vapors mix with the rain clouds. Only a short way into the geothermal area Krýsuvík and already I stood in the middle of the sulfurous vapors. Bubbling mud holes, gray lakes and next to them the amazing rhyolite hills, shining yellow and red.

 

On a small circular path above the rhyolite hills you can return to the starting point. Again and again the landscape covered with grasses and mosses opens up and gives a view of the rhyolite rock. Great how here the white rhyolite pushes itself into the red rock. At first glance it looks almost like a glacier tongue.

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area - Rhyolite hill (0151)
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area — Rhyolite hill (0151)

 

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area - Rhyolite hill (0159)
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area — Rhyolite hill (0159)

 

For me it was the first contact with the colorful rhyolite on Iceland. But I will be able to show these colors in the landscape several times — stay tuned!

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