Iceland’s environment is so unique in the world. A volcanic island so close to the Arctic Circle, it has some pretty extreme natural attractions. One site I’d never managed to see before my May Ring Road trip this year was Hverarondor Hverir. Hverir is a geothermal area with boiling mudpits and steaming fumaroles (essentially steam vents on the surface- click here to see video of this place).
Hverir is just south of the Krafla caldera (pronounced “krahp-la), a large area of intense geothermal activity, some of which is harnessed by the Krafla power plant. The whole area is pretty desolate, and a drive through this otherworldly landscape is really awe-inspiring. Other locations in Iceland great for this kind of thing are 1) the Hveravellir Nature Reserve accessible only by the highland F-roads and 2) several geothermal spots on the more accessible Reykjanes peninsula in the southwest (I’ll be posting photos of this at some point in the next month or so).