the weirdest place on earth

Hveravellir

The cruises to East Greenland always end on Iceland, for logistic reasons. We leave the ship in Akureyri in northern Iceland and have to fly home from Keflavik Airport in the south-west. Normally I would have taken a plane bringing me to Keflavik, but as the group would take a bus ride through Iceland, stopping at several sites, I decided to jump along. It turned out to be a very long bus ride, with only a few very short stops. But it was still worth it, as I had never seen anything of Iceland except the airport and harbour of Keflavik.

Our first stop was at the hot springs of Hveravellir. Probably the strangest place I’ve ever been. The hour before we reached the place, we’ve been driving through the interior of Iceland, a dry, desert-like landscape with mountains and icecaps at the horizon. Suddenly we found ourselves in an oasis with green vegetation and hot, steaming springs. Really weird…

In this picture I’ve combined two parts of Iceland, the hot thermal springs and the large icecap at the horizon.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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