Fire and Ice

Continuing to enjoy our time in Iceland.

Went back to Kerid Crater Lake with the group.  This time I hiked around the rim (clockwise and counterclockwise because it was so extraordinary and fun to do) and down to the base of the crater and around the crater lake.

Kerid Volcano Lake

Kerid Volcano Lake

Julie Bacon and Fran (we have two fabulous people named Julie here!

Julie Bacon and Fran (we have two fabulous people named Julie here!  Julie B is giving shiatsu massage treatments to everyone!

A visit to a lava quarry!  Our bus driver, Omar, works at this quarry so he took us here to show us around.

Our group! The color of the lava is such a deep red.  The dark layers behind us is a layer of ash.  Jeff Bigman is giving me "rabbit ears".  I'll have to get him back!

Our group! The color of the lava is such a deep red. The dark layer behind us is a layer of ash. Jeff Bigman is giving me “rabbit ears”. I’ll have to get him back!

Lava quarry: the lava rock is used to line roads, driveways, and walking trails

Lava quarry: the lava rock is used to line  and pave roads, driveways, and walking trails

We had lunch at a high-tech bio/energy  sustainable greenhouse completely run on geothermal energy.  I will save photos for another time since it was so incredibly fascinating and there is a lot to say on the subject.  The owner, Helena, gave us a detailed explanation of her family business.  The family produces 18% of all tomatoes sold in Iceland.  We then had a delicious lunch of tomato soup at the greenhouse.

Geysir was next.  The main geyser only blows once every ten years, but we saw a smaller one which blows every 4 minutes.  “Smaller” but large enough to thrill every 4 minutes!!

Geyser

Strokkur Geyser

If you look closely, you will see a glacier (note the thick blue ice covering)!

If you look closely, you will see a glacier (note the thick blue ice covering)!

And the grand finale…the incredible waterfalls at Gullfoss!  They are so spectacular that they almost eclipsed everything else we did all day.  WOW!!

Gullfoss Falls (two immense waterfalls joined together)

Gullfoss Falls (two immense waterfalls joined together)  And you can get super close to them!

Another view of falls and canyon

Another view of falls and canyon

Hiking to the falls on designated paths

Hiking to the falls on designated paths

And YES, we did yoga in the morning and again before dinner.  Felt better than ever in the evening.  Some had time to soak before yoga class and they came in all relaxed and ready to stretch, breathe, and clear the mind.

Landscape from Strokker Geyser

Landscape near Strokker Geyser

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