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Reykjanes Lava Fields

First day of my trip, time to discover Iceland. I got up at 9 am, before the first raylights. I went to the peninsula of Reykjanes a few kilometer south from Keflavik.
This is the sunrise, over the lava field. These lava fields are young dating from the 13th century with few vegetations as a consequence. In the background, you can guess some craters.

From © Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program data (
The Reykjanes volcanic system at the SW tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the Mid Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level, comprises a broad area of postglacial basaltic crater rows and small shield volcanoes. The Reykjanes volcanic system is the westernmost of a series of four closely-spaced en-echelon fissure systems that extend diagonally across the Reykjanes Peninsula. Most of the volcanic system is covered by Holocene lavas and eruptions have occurred in historical time during the 13th century at several locations on the NE-SW-trending fissure system.

From Wikipedia:
Reykjanes is a peninsula and a volcanic system situated at the south-western end of Iceland, near the capital of Reykjavík.
The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields, allowing little vegetation. There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs (in the southern half of the peninsula, around the Kleifarvatn lake and the Krýsuvík geothermal area) as well as geothermal power stations.

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