Askja Vulcano – 2 Lakes in a Caldera

Askja – Víti Crater lake (green) and Öskjuvatn lake (blue), Vatnajökull-Nationalpark, Cental Iceland

It’s quite a ride to get to Askja. 3 hours by car (real SUV with significant clearance required) and 40 min. walk through the caldera: Here and there a bit of snow and where it’s gone the ground is warm – so you know that you are on a vulcano. Once you reach the Viti crater what you see is breathtaking.

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Puffins – funny Inhabitants of the Látrabjarg Cliff … and other Birds

Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

Sure, one has to see them: The Puffins. And not just the plush versions one can buy in any gift shop in Iceland. The real ones. While from August to April they live on the sea, during breeding season they visit the cliffs of the nothern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Arctic Ocean.

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Laki – The brutal Force of Nature

Laki Craters, view westwards, southern highlands, Iceland

“Around midmorn on whitsun, June 8th of 1783, in clear and calm weather, a black haze of sand appeard to the north of the mountains nearest the farms of the Siða area. The cloud was so extensive that in a short time it had spread over the entire Siða area (…), and so thick that it caused darkness indoors and coated the earth so that tracks could be seen.”*

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