Iceland has some pretty amazing nature. Massive volcanic craters, blood red rocks, volcanoes that stop air traffic over Europe for several days. Powerful stuff, that’s for sure. The natural and internal functions of our planet are felt in Iceland, like nowhere else in the world.
One of the main characteristics of the nature in Iceland is volcanic and geothermal, hence the reference to being hot. Spouting hot springs, boiling mud pools, volcanoes and lava fields are widely seen. Under Iceland’s barren and icy surface boils hot liquid rock, close to the surface. These steam vents are called fumaroles and are a source of electricity, hot water and heat for Iceland with minimum pollution to the environment. Icelanders have mastered the art of creating an effective energy system for virtually the whole country, without exhausting the energy sources.
While some geothermal sources in Iceland have been harnessed successfully, others remain fickle and unstable, meaning they are left relatively untouched for people to visit and enjoy.
One of the geothermal fields of Iceland is Seltún in Hafnarfjörður. Not exactly hidden or off the beaten track, but not as frequently visited as some of the other famous natural phenomena of Iceland. Seltún is part of the Krísuvík geothermal area in the Reykjanes peninsula in the south west part of Iceland and is indeed one of the geothermal fields, which has strung along scientists for a few years, on the possibilities of cultivation. Seltún’s ever-changing components have made it ill-suited as a steady source of geothermal energy. However, Seltún certainly has the wow-factor!
Seltún consists of solfataras (fumarole’s that emit sulfurous gases), boiling mud pools, thermal springs, steam vents, hot springs, volcanoes and lava fields. This combination makes Seltún a truly unique place to visit. The multicolored bedrock and soil alone, consisting of red, yellow, green, brown and gray combinations is a very photogenic scene indeed. Not to forget the sheer thrill of walking in dangerous, beautiful and amazing nature in the making. The smell might get you though! Boiled eggs come to mind (times ten).
When in Iceland, visit Seltún. You won’t regret it, you won’t forget it.
Photos by Iceland is Hot.