Mývatn, Iceland Photos – A Geological Wonderland

I have caught up on sleep and banished much of my jet lag from the whirlwind weekend in Portland, which means I can focus once again on posting the rest of my photos from Iceland. The latest batch is from a wildly beautiful region called Mývatn. This is a highly active volcanic region in North Iceland, full of volcanoes, craters, strange lava formations, and active fissures. The ground is literally steaming, providing the perfect place for multiple geothermal power plants, a soothing nature bath, and an underground bakery of the locals’ hverabrauð, a sweet rye bread so moist you will yearn for it long after your return home. This is also the land of Krafla, a volcanic region currently swelling, indicating an impending eruption. I could have spent days hiking here, poking around in the wide variety of geological wonders that scatter the region.

To view my photo slide show, click on the link below.

Lake Mývatn and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park


About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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