Steaming Hot Mud Pots on a Frigid Winter's Day in Iceland
My husband and I visited Iceland in January, renting a car to have the freedom to wander on our own schedule. Just outside Reykjavik, we came upon an area called Seltun that's known for its geothermal activity. Seltun was dotted with steaming vents and bubbling mud pots, the air thick with sulfur that smelled like rotten eggs. Water and mud boiled in exposed pools like this one, leaving behind colorful mineral deposits and formations. Being January in Iceland, the area was covered in ice and snow but these mud pots were boiling hot, a welcome respite from the freezing air.
During my time in Iceland, one of the things that impressed me most was the country's many striking contrasts: light and dark, soft and hard, or, in this case, steaming hot mud on a freezing cold winter's day.
If you're looking for a fun day trip while you're in Reykjavik, I highly suggest taking the hour or so drive to Seltun to check out the area's one-of-a-kind geothermal activity.