Iceland brims heavy contrasts in its landscape, climate and other sorts. Volcanic hotpots, dark winters, midnight sun, quaint landscapes, this country is just full of nature fancy. One of these fancies include geothermal attractions here at Iceland. So let's stick right and fine because we are gonna explore out what geological features they are made of.
Askja is a 50 square kilometers huge volcanic crater that was formed when lava chamber below the surface of the earth emptied in a volcanic eruption and the circular roof above it collapsed.
Located in the Dyngjufjoll Mountains, Askja can be reached while crossing the biggest Iceland's desert - Odadahraun. So what's the talk of the Askja? It's a geothermal lake in the volcanic crater called 'Viti'. It is 60 meters deep, filled with warm milky blue water at 22° Celsius.
Lake Askja is said to be the second deepest lake in Iceland and is just undoubtedly strenuous.
And while the terrain conditions to the crater are slippery and muddy slope, which can be a challenge while hiking up in contrast to descending it, if given the permit from rangers at Viti, one can head down the crater to explore its beauty from nearest sight and even to bathe oneself in it.
Geysers of Haukadalur
The Geysers of Haukadalur are situated at Iceland's Golden Circle. Other scenic drives include bubbling mud pots and hot springs.
Geysers are a type of hot springs that erupt and spurt thermal water and steam high into the air. But what is the pushing energy behind it? It is volcanic heat that pressures up the water to erupt high.
(Picture source: Hurtigruten)
The most popular Geysers of them all is Strokker - a damn tight active geyser which erupts every five to eight minutes, rises upto 60-100 feet and evaporates into thin air. It is always surrounded by visitors just like any water show is on.
Iceland is one of the few places in the world where nature flushes these Geysers.
In Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland, is situated a geothermal spa which casts its temperature just as cosy as 39°Celsius making it a perfect bathing temperature against the chill weather that surrounds it.
There is a lava flow in its proximity and this man-made lake is backed up by that lava's superheated seawater. It is believed that its milky blue waters containing minerals, silica, and algae proves healing to certain skin conditions like eczema(a skin infection).
National Geographic has named this spa one among top 25 wonders of the world.
Given these these stunning and soothing attractions, Iceland is far ahead in number of counts about these geothermal attractions and they range from geysers to hot springs!