Day 20: Saturday 22July 2017
Weather at start of day was overcast, improving to sunny blue skies by the afternoon / evening.
Hekla has shown some recent activity, with earthquakes
See Blog Article: Katla, Hekla & Bárðarbunga Earthquake Activity
Hekla is a stratovolcano in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,491 m (4,892 ft).
It is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874.
During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell”.
Hekla is part of a volcanic ridge, 40 km (25 mile) long. The most active part of this ridge, a fissure about 5.5 km (3.4 mile) long named Heklugjá, is considered to be the volcano Hekla proper.
Hekla looks rather like an overturned boat, with its keel being a series of craters, two of which are generally the most active.
The volcano’s frequent large eruptions have covered much of Iceland with tephra and these layers can be used to date eruptions of Iceland’s other volcanos.
10% of the tephra created in Iceland in the last thousand years has come from Hekla, amounting to 5 km3.
The volcano has produced one of the largest volumes of lava of any in the world in the last millennium, around 8 km3.
This is the third highest waterfall of the island.
Visited Hjálparfoss which is one of several waterfalls in the south of Iceland situated in the lava fields north of the stratovolcano Hekla near the point where the rivers Fossá and Þjórsá join.
Hjálparfoss is located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of the village Flúðir and can be reached by a gravel road off Route 32 that winds through the Vikrar lava fields.
Visited Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin), where the natural hot pot pool provided a welcome relief.
Stayed at Flúðir Campsite.
It was nice to see the young Italian couple that were operating the campsite 2 years ago were back again for their 5th season – nice to see them again.
Here we met up with Margunn & Sveinung Oftebro, also from Sandnes, Norway, who we met up with 2 years ago in Iceland on ICE2015.
It was really nice to meet up with them again, and to share experiences and ideas for future Iceland adventures.
Unfortunately, their vehicle had to be taking in for emergency repair, so the Land Rover in the photo is a rental vehicle stand-in, until they regain their fixed vehicle.
We also had a very nice Icelandic camping neighbour, who had a very nice 50″ Toyota Hilux, and a lot of useful advice on where to go in Iceland.
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