PHYLLIS ODESSEY

6,500 years ago and counting…

The color of rock and earth

A friend remarked:  “Why do you want to go to Iceland?  There is nothing to eat, nothing to drink and its expensive.  The only part of that statement that is correct is the expensive part – it’s more expensive than Norway, Sweden or Denmark.  If you know how to travel there are ways to minimize the expense.  You don’t go to Iceland to eat or drink.  You go to Iceland for the landscape.

The crater Kerid was formed about 6,50 years ago and lies at the northern end of a row of craters known as Tjamarholar.  It’s oval is approximately 270 meters long, 170 meters wide and 55 meters deep:  the depth of the water at the bottom varies between 7 and 14 meters.

The water at Kerid does not drain out, but rises and falls according to changes in the water table.  Thus, the crater is like a window on the groundwater.

Beneath a certain level, the cavities and fissures in the rock are filled with groundwater, the surface of which is called the water table.

Even under tough conditions, some plants can grow.

According to an old tradition, a rise in the water level here is accompanied by a corresponding fall in the pond on Burfell in Grimsnes and vice versa.

If you expect to drive long distances in one day in Iceland; you would be mistaken.  It’s impossible not to stop every 10 minutes to look at some amazing feature.

Geysir is a geothermal field. This area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot water blow holes.  The most active geyser is the great Geysir called Strokkur.

It sprouts hot water as high as 30 meters into the air every few minutes.  We waited…not long.

I would like to say that was the end of our travels that day, but with 20 hours of daylight… the day never really ends.

 

 

 

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