Iceland crater lakes (Viti and Oskjuvatn near Askja in Vatnajökull national park)
This is a view from the rim of Viti, a small lake near the huge Oskjuvatn crater, next to the camping of Askja.
You go there by driving one one of the most beautiful tracks and desertic landscape I ever saw.
Whatever the weather, make sure you go and swim in the white, warm and bubbling waters of Viti, since this is a unique experience. Oskjuvatn is cold, but you cannot mismatch them!
It was a bit late for a better picture, though we got patches of this typical Icelandic amazing light cruising through the landscape. Outstanding place!
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The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
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Text by Steve Smith.