Day Two - Glacier Tour
After a good night's sleep (not so easy...it does not get completely dark in Iceland in May) we headed off to tour the Langjokull Glacier, one of three glaciers in Iceland. Our trip would allow us to visit the Hraunfossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring area, too.
To understand Iceland is to understand geothermal activity. The island sits at the intersection of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The plates' constant movement away from one another create its unique landscape of mountains and waterfalls. The activity generates an economic benefit, too. Iceland generates 98% of its heat and electricity from the steam and hot water that bubble up from the earth.
The glacier cave we toured was man-made, allowing us to see how the glacier builds up layer-by-layer over time. Getting there also helped us appreciate why 70% of Iceland is uninhabitable. It was miserable up there.
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