Day 1 – Arrival!

After a 3 hour flight to Reykjavik, and an 8 hour drive clockwise around Iceland’s #1 road, we arrive at Lake Myvatn, our base for the next 8 days. Lake Myvatn is characterised by its numerous pseudocraters, or ‘rootless cones’, formed by lava that flowed over icy ground, producing small explosion craters. There are similar structures on Mars that are thought to have formed in the same way (Lanagan et al. 2001):

Rootless cones in Myvatn (left) and on Mars as seen with the Mars Global Surveyor (right, NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science)

Rootless cones in Myvatn (left) and on Mars as seen with the Mars Global Surveyor (right, NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science)

It is early evening, so we unpack and settle into our new temporary home, checking all equipment has arrived in one piece (it has). From our cottage we have views of the lake’s rootless cones in one direction, and Hverfjall (a large tephra cone) in the other. The cottage itself is part of a larger farm, pretty typical for rental cottages around here:

Stella Rosa

After unpacking we go for a stroll around the lake shore. It’s about 10pm, and the high latitude Iceland sits at gives us some pretty lovely evening skies:

Evening Lake Myvatn

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