Sunday, March 28, 2010

If I knew it was gonna be this kind of party...

Iceland is the only place on land where the tectonic plate on which Europe and Africa lie meet the one that North and South America lie.  The friction between these two plates has produced an island littered with volcanos.  It is also littered with geothermal vents and much of the island is heated and powered from geothermal energy.  A trip to the center of the island and you can find Geysir, the original geyser and the one from which all other geysers are named.  It is frigidly cold here and you can see the eruptions and associated steam rise up from the horizon six miles away from this angry little cauldron. However, on the more pleasant side of things you can find hot springs all over that despite the 20f air remain at a nice and inviting temp of around 110f. The most famous spring on the island, and possibly the world, being the Blue Lagoon.  It is an amazing little spot, a huge pool of warm and toasty water, a refuge from the frosty air, a fountain of youth coated with silica mud to rejuvenate the skin, and a memorable end to our trip.

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