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Iceland 2015 - Day 3

Monday has arrived and we head out for another full day of sightseeing.  Today we headed out across the Reykjanes Peninsula.

It was a bit cooler and rainy than our previous days but it did not dampen our spirits.

We drove out to a huge lake with a black beach (from the lava).

From there we continued to drive through lava fields (with delicate moss growing on them somehow) and we stopped at an area of mud pots which was other-worldly (and smelled of sulfur).  Helga shared with us some information about the volcanoes.  For example, all had heard of the eruption in 2010 that stopped air traffic out of mainland Europe for 10 days.  This was actually two eruptions - one in March and a second in April.  The most recent eruption was in 2014.


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