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Yes, that is the real color of the water.

You are having a look into a place most of the locals don't even know about.
Hidden deep in the lava fields of Myvatn, lies a hot pool of water below massive boulders that could cave in on you at the slightest earthquake. The water is crystal clear and colored in the most amazing turquoise. It is between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius, depending on where you are swimming along the twenty (+) meter long and 1 to 3 meter wide cave.
You are in the womb of Earth.
There are no sounds.
The steam is gently rising around you into the cold air up above you.
The hot water is soothing every ache your body has ever felt, while soothing your mind with its gentle flows.
As you abandon yourself to the real threat of imminent death within the most unstable parts of this Earth, suddenly there is the most gentle Peace and Bliss that wrap your Being.
Let the Earth wash away your pains, your sorrows, your worries, and fill you with indescribable Trust and Love for everything around You.

Walter discovered it thanks to a rumor, spending hours upon hours looking for it as he couldn't find anyone who really know about it or its location. It was perseverance that paid off in the long run. Upon our return to Iceland in the summer of 2005, he was kind enough to share this slice of Heaven with me.

It was a sincerely difficult and dangerous path.
I decided to leave my D70 back in the car and squeezed the little Minolta into my pocket. After arriving at our destination, I regretted my decision slightly, but made the best of it. If you wish to see more, you can do so here, but please bare in mind that those pictures haven't been adjusted and are mightily paler in comparison to the real colors of the place.

There were signs of people having been there as there was a platform built out of wood (but that had already collapsed) and some used candles and empty beer cans, but it definitely is not a place that was often visited (and hopefully still isn't).
I hope you will understand that I will not disclose the exact location of this place as 1) the path to and down there is sincerely dangerous 2) being there is dangerous, because of the state of the earth and also if you have the slightest health problem (the water is surprisingly hot and there are no real places to rest: you are either in the hot water or then in the cold air) and 3) I'm not even sure if I could find my way back! :P

I hope you will be able to enjoy this hidden place I share here with you through this/these picture(s)!

An advance Thank You to those amongst you to take the time to criticize and/or leave a comment!

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