The summer heat is making me wish I was back in Iceland and the still, cool waters of Kleifarvatn.
During our stay in Iceland, we rented a car to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula. Driving in Iceland is very easy because there's only one major highway that loops around the island. Also, we found the roads wide open except for the slow traffic concentrated within Reykjavik. One of our stops was to explore Kleifarvatn.
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The water level of this lake has always been very sensitive to climate changes and has been used as a local rain gauge. Since June 17, 2000, the water level in Kleifarvatn has been lowering at an average rate of 1.3 cm/day. Spawn from trouts were released into the lake in the sixties and have thrived quiet well.
Below are the different faces of the lake:
The road going to the lake is darkened with volcanic ash and gravel.
There were still ice caps on the mountains far ahead. The clouds came down to kiss the earth.
This part of the lake looks perfect to pitch a tent and spend the night.
The water was calm and quiet. You could hear a pin drop in this area.
I could sit here all day - just me and my thoughts.
This photo was taken at around 10 PM. It's amazing because it felt and looked like early morning.