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After early morning in Reykjavik, we took the direction of south coast of Iceland following the Road 1. We made a break in Hveragerdi, a small city between Reykjvavik and Selfoss. The area is surrounded by the Hengill volcano. Its last eruption happened 2,000 years ago, but volcanic activity is still present with a big geothermal activity as you can see with the fumaroles on the photo. Hot springs here are used for greenhouses and make Hveragerdi the most important city for fruits and vegetables farming in Iceland. The area is also the main seismic place of Iceland because it is the place where north american and eurasian plates step subside. The last major earthquake occured on 29th may 2008. A powerful earthquake (6.3 Richter scale) struck the south coast of Iceland in the afternoon. The epicenter was about only 2 kilometers southeast of Hveragerdi. It caused no deaths but important damages in the area. It caused too new hot springs to appear in the area ! There's an exposure about this earthquake in a commercial centre in the city. It includes a earthquake simulator that makes you feel what happened on may 2008 here !

I took the photo from a pass north of the city along the Road 1. The sky was overcast (I've been 4 times there and never saw any sunbeam !), so there was not a lot of light. But anyway I find the lansscape is quite spectacular and is typically icelandic. The workshopshows a wider view on Hveragerdi and its area made of lava fields, hills and coast plain.

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