Hiking to the Hot Pots
Reykjavik Travel Blog› entry 56 of 58 › view all entries
July 27th, 2009 – by: reger1520
I had heard and read about a geothermal beach (a beach on the ocean that is heated naturally by the Earth). I checked out a map before I left the room and began walking in that direction, not knowing what kind of surprises were in store for me.
It was nearly 60 degrees outside with a cool breeze. My walk took me out of downtown and past a small airport on the outskirts of town. I knew I had to go around the airport and the only way to do that was via small walking paths.
After some research, I determined that the small mountain I was on was named Oskjuhlio, and the views it offered were spectacular. Once I strolled through the lush green hillside, I found myself at the top overlooking Reykjavik and the surrounding mountains. Surprises lie around every corner of this country.
After spending nearly two hours exploring the mountain and finding various trails and scenery, I decided to continue on to my ultimate destination. I found my way off the mountain rather easily and spotted the beach almost immediately.
The hot pot is a large hot tub that is heated by geothermal activity underneath it. A large ripple in the ocean right by the pot is the geothermal energy that heats it. Pretty interesting stuff. I relaxed a bit, alternating between both of the hot pots, before I decided to get out and head back to the city center. It still boggles my mind as to how much this island the size of Kentucky has to offer. There are very few places in the world that offer such pristine sights and entertainment.
I returned to the hostel around 6:00pm and made myself a chicken sandwich for dinner (I bought a big rotisserie chicken that lasted me a few days). After that, I did a bit more shopping and returned to pack up and relax. My short time in Iceland was almost over...
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