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“Nice but stinky”

Gunnuhver Hot Springs
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Reykjanes Peninsula Private Tour from Reykjavik
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Grindavik
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“Nice but stinky”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

I studied Geology at University many years ago, so going to see some geothermal activity was a must for me when visiting Iceland. The activity is caused by Iceland sitting on the spreading join of the North American and the European plates (the mis atlantic ridge). Lots of bubbling mud, hissing fissures and plenty of hydrogen sulphide and sulphur smells. So unusual and so much fun. No entrance fee.

Visited August 2012
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“Fascinating and extraordinary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

This outdoor phenomena can be reached via road 425 between Grindavik And Hafnir. The road is a gravel one and quite narrow in places however we managed to get to the place without any mishaps. There is a small gravel parking area but not much else and no admittance fee. It consists of a geothermal area full of sulphur and bubbling mud pools so the air around all smells sulphurous. A wooden walkway takes you round the whole area and offers excellent viewing opportunities. Young children should be watched as it is possible to stray off the path in some places.

We found the story of the disagreeable Gunnuhver, who seems to have ended up in one of these pools, quite entertaining especially since the story suggests that one can occasionally hear her scream and the place is full of hissing and high pitched whistles.

Visited September 2012
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