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We were now on the downside of our visit to Iceland. We were still staying in our Airbnb in Akureyri which would be our headquarters for several days. On May 28th we woke up to a beautiful day. The sun was out and the wind had gone down. Since we were taking a leisurely trip around the island we had enough time to backtrack. The weather had been bad on or drive from Lake Myvatn so we didn’t stop to look around. We really wanted to investigate that area so we decided to drive back to Lake Myvatn for a day trip.

Our first stop was Godafoss. It was difficult to photograph the waterfall in the bright sun but the sun did produce a beautiful rainbow. There is a bridge below the falls so it is easy to visit both sides. It looked like the government was improving the viewing areas around the falls. Iceland does seem to be trying to improve their tourist facilities. We spent about an hour and a half at Godafoss before moving on the Lake Myvatn.

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Our first stop in Lake Myvatn was at this impressive sheepfold. The lambs have just been born and the sheep are grazing around the farms. Soon they will be moved into the highlands where they will graze all summer. In the fall the sheep are driven down to the sheepfold where they are sorted. The is the only one we saw that was made of volcanic rocks. It was built in the 1880’s.

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We drove back to Skútustaðir Craters on Lake Myvatn. These are not really volcanic craters rather they are pseudocraters formed when lava flows over a wet surface and the resulting steam breaks through the lava and creates a small crater.

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There was also a lot of bird life around the area but some of the trails around the lake had been closed off because of high water. As I was looking at the lake shore the ground in front of me seemed to be moving. Then I notice three bird photographers in full camouflage gear get up from the ground. They all had huge lenses on their camera.

European Golden Plover

European Golden Plover

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

We drove into Dimmuborgir National Park with it’s strange lava formations. There are quite a few hiking trails throughout the park. We walked around a few of them but we weren’t all that impressed with the park. I did take a photo of what we would call pussy willows. They had been blooming throughout the trip.

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Our next stop was at Höfði which is a little park on Lake Myvatn. We walked around the trail through a beautiful birch forest. This small road led to a residence back in the forest. The trees were just starting to bud out.

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The park bordered on the waters of Lake Myvatn. These volcanic rocks were found all along the shore of the lake. There were sheep grazing on what appeared to be islands on the lake.

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We walked around the trails we discovered the lake was teeming with bird life and there were quite a few birdwatchers out and about. There were so many birds that I decided to walk back to the car and get my birding lens. These are just a few of the birds we found.

Slavonian Grebe

Slavonian Grebe

Gadwalls

Gadwalls

Common Teal

Common Teal

We headed east out of Reykjahlíð on the Ring Road. Our first stop was the Bjarnarflag Geothermal Station where this beautiful lagoon was located. Unfortunately no swimming was allowed.

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We continued east on the Ring Road until we turned off to go to the Krafla Geothermal Power Plant. This was an impressive power plant literally in the middle of nowhere. It appeared that they had housing at the plant for employees. I liked how they decided to cross the road with the steam lines.

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We headed back toward Lake Myvatn with a stop at Namafjall geothermal field sometimes referred to as Hverir. As you might recall on our last visit the wind was blowing volcanic ash through the area so we didn’t stop to look around. Today was a beautiful day for walking around the geothermal area.

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We then decided to call it a day and start heading back to Akureyri but not before a stop at the ice cream shop in Reykjahlíð.

We made a couple of brief stops for photos on the way to Akureyri. The first was at this lake outside of Lake Myvatn. When we drove past in the morning it was completely covered with ice. By late in the afternoon a good portion of it was ice free.

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As we came down out of the highlands into Akureyri we had a great view of Eyjafjörður looking toward Dalvik.

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It was a great day and we were really happy that we had time to back track to an area that we didn’t get to see on the first time through.

More photos and a complete listing of my Icelandic blogs can be found on my website.

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