Day 7 - Caves, Nerd Stuff and Sparky the Fox

We got into Hveragerði pretty late last night, so I didn't get to see much of the property around the house we're staying in. This morning it was a bit rainy, but I did get out the 70-300L and managed to get a good shot of the river around the house. I'm going to get out there with the tripod and big stopper as soon as the weather clears up a bit, and there's a couple small waterfalls nearby I plan on hitting as well. For now, this is the best that I could get.

View of the river in our back yard.

After a quick shower and some breakfast, we made our way into Reykjavík. We had a couple of goals, there were some places Jessica wanted to eat at (one was a hot dog stand, so I was definitely on board) and then I wanted to see the main office of CCP Games, who are the creators of EVE: Online, one of my favorite video games (this is the nerd-related business from the prior post). They had built a monument to celebrate the success of the game over the last 10+ years, and I wanted to get a couple shots of that as well. There was a lot of cool ships around their office (boat ships, not space ships!) which was a bonus.

In front of CCP offices.
At the EVE: Online monument.

We walked around a different part of the harbor area after that, and I managed to get into street photography mode and get a couple decent shots with the Batis 85.

An hour or so more of walking around we headed back to the house to meet up with Sam, Trish and Dennis who were joining us on our trip into Thrihnukagigur, a dormant volcano about an hour a way. Nat Geo did a documentary on the volcano, and in order to do that and get all their equipment into the volcano chamber, they built a nice window-washer type lift that makes the 120 meter descent pretty easy (if not nerve-wracking). Before we even got to the volcano, we had to hike about 45 minutes on foot, which gave me ample opportunity for some scenic shots.

The volcano erupted about 4,000 years ago during an earthquake, and whatever pressure/heat related stuff went on created a wide array of colors and textures in the chamber where the magma shot up into the sky. We were on our own to explore the chamber and I got a number of shots of people walking around and enjoying the volcano.

Looking up towards the sky.
Explosions of color.

After coming out of the volcano, we holed up in their 'base camp' for a bit, and had some soup and relaxed. Their mascot, Sparky, an arctic fox decided to pay us all a visit. He literally walked into the base camp lodging area, looked around for some food, and decided to play cute until people fed him. The guides were all about feeding him, so I ended up with a number of good Sparky images

Alexandria feeding her friend, Sparky.

Tomorrow is a bit of The Golden Circle, though we've seen a number of similar geological features already so we may shotcut it a bit. In the evening we'll be back in downtown Reykjavík for dinner and some evening photographs of the city.