Our second full day in Iceland entailed us going back to Reykjavik – leaving the lovely cabin and going to the rather more ordinary Hotel Smari, out in the suburbs. Sunrise was different from the cabin on the second morning, with the day a touch more overcast.

1. Sunrise through the Clouds

Sunrise with Clouds

Sunrise with Clouds

2. Hvalfjordur from the Road. One of the features of driving on the road that hugs Hvalfjordur was seeing tourists on the other side of the road doing exactly what we were – the passenger holding a camera inside or outside the car. One can see why.

Hvalfjordur from the Road

Hvalfjordur from the Road

Hvalfjordur from the Road 2

Hvalfjordur from the Road 2

3. Mossy Hills. Drive east of Reykjavik and you will see a whole different type of landscape – hilly ground covered with moss. It’s something you do see from time to time where the lava has landed at some stage.

Mossy Hills

Mossy Hills

4. Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant. Iceland took the decision a few years ago to dismantle a ski resort 20 minutes east of Reykjavik and build a power plant where energy from below the earth could be harnessed and used for the capital city. It’s worth a visit, even if to see how exactly Iceland manages to remain completely coal free.  You can see the leftover steam that is produced after the process.

Hellisheidi Geothermal Energy Plant

Hellisheidi Geothermal Energy Plant

5. The Geothermal Turbine.  Industrial machines weren’t a big part of our holiday in Iceland – but this is one of the turbines powered by the geothermal energy.

Geothermal Turbine

Geothermal Turbine

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Five Photos a Day – Glancing at Europe – Day 5 Part 1 – Iceland, Towards Hellisheidi Power Station

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