What a contrast in landscape! Coming from the desert gravel and sand,
to the geothermal colorful area of Kerlingafjöll, is breathtaking.
Here we have arranged for a short stop, mostly to enjoy the colors and amazing natural construction of the area, but we will also have some hot drinks and snacks.
This area used to be the first and only summer ski resort in Iceland, but had to shut down in the year 2000 because the rapidly declining of the glaciers.
As the glaciers have retreated this century, the sandy areas have grown in size. Mountains close to the glacier slopes can change wind direction and create shelter. This causes the sand to accumulate relatively close to the glaciers, like the Langjökull glacier to our left.
Around Hofsjökull glacier to our right, transport of sand seems to have been in more quantities before compared to current sandfall this century. Changes in weather conditions may have caused it, as well as the decreasing sand deposits with the glacier as it declines.
We will now continue to our next destination, where you will have the opportunity to relax in a natural geothermal pool.