Volcanic Springs

Geysers, Hot Springs,
Mud Pots, and Fumaroles

Seltúnshverir

Seltúnshverir welcomes visitors with a small mud pot in the east near the parking lot. It is merely a forerunner of bigger things to come.

Easternmost mud pot Sel 1:

Mud Pot Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Far more impressing is the next cluster of springs and mud pots. The pictures show first the muddy hot spring complex, then two neighboring sub-clusters of mud pots.

Muddy hot spring Sel 1:

Hot Spring Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Sub-cluster of mud pots south of spring Sel 1:

Mud Pot Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Sub-cluster of mud pots west of spring Sel 1:

Mud Pot Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

On the other side of the trail further springs and fumaroles are located in a depression, which fascinates with its intensive color contrasts of the soil.

Spring Sel 2:

Hot Spring Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Example of a Fumarole:

Fumarole Solfatara Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Subsequently the trail leads uphill where discharging water of the hot springs has shaped two mountain slopes like ancient greek theatres. In the first basin muddy hot water is bubbling, hissing and steaming through many different vents.

Northern basin:

Hot Spring Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

The second basin in the south is somewhat less active, but shows a larger hot pool in the center. On top of the southern basin an observation platform is mounted, providing a stunning view over Seltún.

Southern basin:

Hot Spring Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland


Hot Spring Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Completing the loop trail you walk across a wavy area with especially colorful rhyolite soil.

Looking back from the loop trail to the center area. In front Spring Sel 2.:

Hot Spring Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

Fumarole near the end of the loop trail:

Fumarole Solfatara Seltún Krýsuvík Iceland

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