Rotten Eggs

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Raudaskrida Guesthouse

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Lucy has's official!  Re-run of New Zealand 2010!  She had a small rash on her hand prior to us leaving the North, with the spots getting slightly bigger in London.  We thought it was because of the heat and dirt and thought they would improve once we got here.  Wrong.......they have continued to grow!  We have had bandages on her arm over night to stop her scratching at them, and at last seem to be making some head way using antiseptic cream.  They are not shrinking yet but have stopped growing.  If they haven't improved once we get back to Gatwick we are going to have to see a doctor to get some antibiotics!  Anyone got any thoughts on these...............please let us know!

Today we headed off into the interior over the Eastern Highlands through the Modrudalur Valley - an area of wilderness with no settlements or the odd farm anywhere!  We climbed so high we were in the clouds and there was no grass, moss or anything else for that matter............just very wet rock!  It felt like we were driving along the surface of the moon.  There was absolutely no life up there at all! 

After driving for two hours we reached the Myvatn area where we visited Krafla, a very active area of the country where the earth's crust is very thin.  There was steam venting from the earth everywhere, bright blue water gushing down streams with steam coming off it.  There was a geothermal powerstation here with pipes going off in every direction!

We climbed up to a crater and walked through an active area, more boiling, bubbling mud and water as well as the fantastic smell of rotten eggs.  It felt like we were walking through a ploughed field as it was so muddy, our shoes became heavier and heavier.  When back at the car we used the car wheels to help wipe off the mud and it turned the tyres blue!!  Not sure what it is going to do to our shoes!

The children sat in the car with plastic bags/Ikea bags on their feet so that we could drive to the next spot without them taking off their shoes!  We walked to another active area, yes more of the same but some amazing lava fields which were still could feel the heat when you touched the rocks and see the steam.  We walked around and once again it felt like the surface of the moon.

As we drove out of the Krafla area we found a mountain which is actually being torn apart by two plates, there was a large crack down the side of the mountain and steam was coming out.  Here there were lots of steam vents with masses of steam shooting out all of the time.  We had great fun holding our breath and running through the clouds, trying hard not to breath in the stench of rotten eggs.  Daniel absolutely loved this.

We then headed off to Myvatn lake where we had dinner in another lovely bistro - the chocolate cake was absolutely fantastic as was the coffee!  We then drove around the lake looking at the many pseudo volcanoes which littered the area.  I have bought a postcard of them as an aerial shot as this is far more striking!

More fantastic scenery as we headed for our night's accomodation, once again in the middle of nowhere.  A lovely little wooden cabin...............the shower was hot but stank of rotten eggs again - it's turned my toe rings a funny colour!

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