"Finding Nirvana is like Locating Silence" Jack Kerouac- Dharma Bums
This face says it all! This geothermal site is full of vents, boiling mud, and amazing colors. There is not much in the way of "beware of danger" signage, so do be careful because it is easy to get carried away here.
Until this day, I did not know this color existed in nature.
One of my favorite things about this park is how close to everything you can get. There seems to be a general understanding in Iceland; if you are dumb enough to put your hand in the steam/hot water/ boiling mud, then you deserve what you get. To be honest, it's quite refreshing to be out in nature and not have signs reminding you of the dangers.
There is a definite upside to living on island over a continental rift that is covered with volcanoes. Iceland heats and supplies hot water to 87% of their buildings with geothermal power. It was pretty funny to try to explain what a hot water tank was to an Icelander. "So if you turn on the hot water how long will it stay hot for?"..."What do you mean how long"..."You know when your hot water runs out in the shower?"...."No"..."So you're saying that if you are taking a hot shower the water will stay hot...."....."Forever". I think we can all agree that a place where it rains/snows/sleets as much as it does in Iceland deserves to have infinitely hot showers.
These caves used to be popular bathing sites in the early 70's. There are two of them, the warmer was typically used by women and the cooler one by men. Then in 1975 geothermal activity in the are kick started and the pools became too hot to swim in. However, they are still beautiful and offer a warm place to hang out.