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One of the most common volcanic formations in Iceland are pseudocraters. They are formed by steam explosion when lava meets water. The Mývatn lake where I took this photo is in a important volcanic activity area and so is the perfect place for pseudocraters to form. The most beautiful and popular ones are Skútustaðir pseudocraters in the south of the lake. These are the ones you can see on the picture. They were formed about 2000 years ago, so not long ago on geological times. You can walk on footpaths among these pseudocraters to enjoy the view on the craters, the lake and the incredible landscape around. When we were there, we had incredible light conditions. The sky was stormy, we could even see thunder lights (which is something very rare in Iceland from what our guide said), there were fantastic lights accross the clouds and the colours were outstanding. The only disagrement were the many small flies that entered into your nose, your eyes, your ears and keep stopping on our lenses ! We understood then why Mývatn means "the flies lake" ! In the background you can see the outline of the incredible Hverfjall crater that I will show you soon ;)

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