Iceland, Akureyri and Husavik

Jul 04, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

What a day for geology! After a stop at the magnificent Goðafoss, (Waterfall of the Gods), we visited the Myvatn area, and the Krafla volcanic system. Here we explored an area with many interesting volcanic features: lava flows, geothermal features with solfataras and mud pots, colorful hydrothermally altered ground, and pseudocraters in Myvatn (Midge Lake). We also we saw some beautiful water birds and flowers. The grassland and rivers were teeming with birds, and often with their young. Fortunately we were mostly spared the onslaught of insects for which this area is famous.

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Grace Winer


Geologist and naturalist, Grace is a Montanan now living in Seattle. Grace received her degrees in geology (BS and MSc) from Montana State University. Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, she pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands. Here she investigated the volcanic evolution of St. Paul Island, creating a geologic map, and predicting volcanic hazards in the event of a future eruption. Her knowledge of the Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea region led to her work as a consulting geologist on St. George Island for NOAA’s Pribilof Restoration Project.

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