Written by the Warrior

 

As an Engineer, I spent 6 years of my career developing cleaner, alternative energies.

In an energy hungry country like Canada, with our abundant deposits of coal, petroleum and natural gas, going green isn’t always easy.

For a country like Iceland, with their bubbling geothermal energy underground and thundering waterfalls, they are the stuff of environmental envy.

According to the Lonely Planet on Iceland,

“Iceland is one of the youngest landmasses on the planet, formed by underwater volcanic eruptions along the joint of the North American and Eurasian plates around 20 million years ago.

At 103,000 square kilometres, its landscape is comprised of 3% lakes, 11 % ice cap and glaciers, 23% vegetation and 63% wasteland. 

The earth’s crust in Iceland is only a third of its normal thickness, and magma (molten rock) continues to rise from deep within. There are around 30 volcanos – some are active, some extinct, some are dormant and dreaming, no doubt of future destruction.”

Being the giant nerd that I am, I actually planned visits to geothermal and hydroelectric power plants. This is in part due to nerdy curiosity and in part due to my fascination with all the ways that Icelanders have found in harnessing this free gift from mother earth.

We ended up not going to any them due to our extreme snail pace of travel, but we did end up experiencing first hand, what life is like on the “Young and Restless”.

It’s a little stinky in the South West at the Seltún Geothermal Area.

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And at Gunnuhver.

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It’s totally impressive at Geysir in the West.

It’s a little bit out of this worldly at the Leirhnjúkur Lava Field in the North.

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It’s a little bit hot inside the Grjótagjá cave in the North – not just because the water temperature measures at a steamy 45C, but also because this is where a certain male Game of Thrones character might have been deflowered – if you know what I mean, wink wink.

Grjotagja Caves, Lake Myvatn, Iceland

It’s a little bit bubbly at the Hverarond mud pools in the North.

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And it is total, total perfection at the Myvatn Nature Baths – again in the North.

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