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G3ML1NGZ
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Mar 31, 2010 19:29 |  #1

I out of the blue remembered a valley that I visited some 11 years ago with my uncle.
The valley is on top of a geothermal hot spot and is shaped in such a way that winds don't get in there unless they blow from a certain angle, so the weather is almost always still and heat is good.
Through that valley runs a river that's about 40°C (104°F) and forms a nice hot tub at the end.

I'm planning to take a few friends there over the Easter vacation, but since I hadn't been there for so long I wasn't sure of how warm the river would be in the wintertime. And I didn't want to drag a group of friends there only to find out that the river wasn't warm enough.

So this morning I woke up early and took an hour walking towards that valley.

And it was even more awesome than I remembered.

Here we have the top of the valley, everything around it is dry and dead.

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But the river comes out of nowhere it seems. many hot small streams gather and form the river as you go down the valley.
The water comes from small holes like these where boiling hot water flows out.


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But the boiling water also attracts algae and brings up minerals and silica from the depths of the earth.

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I can't wait to bring my friends over there and have a nice relaxing day laying in a geothermal pool and drinking beer.

Just a side note, I did not mess with colors at all, just to show how vibrant this really is.
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Mar 31, 2010 19:38 |  #2

Beautiful shots! I want to visit Iceland one of these days, for the unique landscape and nature opportunities - never managed to make it there so far!




  
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Mar 31, 2010 22:07 |  #3

Cool series, perfect natural hot tub!


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Apr 01, 2010 00:16 |  #4

Nice series! Love the variety of colors and textures here!


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Apr 01, 2010 01:28 |  #5

great set




  
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Apr 01, 2010 01:33 as a reply to  @ calvin681's post |  #6

Beautiful series


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Apr 01, 2010 10:18 |  #7

Wonderful images! You certainly have a lot to work with there in Iceland!


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Apr 02, 2010 02:18 |  #8

thanks guys. and I love my country, I've never been much of a outdoors activity person but now I'm taking those kinds of trips regularly just to got some interesting pics. I'm lovin' it.


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Apr 02, 2010 18:07 |  #9

Nice colors.

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Apr 02, 2010 18:20 as a reply to  @ speediq99's post |  #10

Very cool geo-thermal features. I'm guessing you didn't post the pics of the nude bathers?:lol:




  
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Apr 02, 2010 22:00 |  #11

haha, we didn't bathe this time, but I went there with a friend of mine, she is training for model fitness. I'll be photographing her soon. So you'll get some pics sooner or later ;)


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Apr 02, 2010 23:34 |  #12

Iceland never ceases to amaze me. I went there last summer and fell in love. Going back this summer...have yet to have gone to a place anything like it. The closest is New Zealand, but Iceland is a bit more wild and untamed. Simply an awesome place.


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Apr 02, 2010 23:49 |  #13

mikekelley wrote in post #9923593 (external link)
Iceland never ceases to amaze me. I went there last summer and fell in love. Going back this summer...have yet to have gone to a place anything like it. The closest is New Zealand, but Iceland is a bit more wild and untamed. Simply an awesome place.

If you come back, then send me a message on here and I'll take you for a tour of places like these that are out of the tourist routes. ;)


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Apr 03, 2010 07:17 |  #14

Nice series. You definitely caught my eye with the landscape shots.




  
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Apr 03, 2010 18:41 |  #15
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WOW this set is AWESOME.


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