Day 41: sore but spectacular

Yesterday, my class hiked Hengill, the large volcano near Reykjavík that supplies Iceland with over a thousand megawatts of thermal and electrical energy.  It was a long but gorgeous journey across terrain that quite frankly looked like it belonged to another world.

There was a lot of marching up hills, and climbing back down them.  No, my knees aren’t what they used to be, and yes, I took a tumble at one point that left a deep and nasty gash in my right shin — but wow, did I have a good time.  Here are some photos:

View from atop Skarðsmýrarfjall, one of the summits in the Hengill volcano.
View from atop Skarðsmýrarfjall, one of the summits in the Hengill volcano.
Students hiking north along the trail.
Students hiking north along the trail.
Overlook near the Nesjavellir power plant, with Þingvallavatn lake in the background.
Overlook near the Nesjavellir power plant, with Þingvallavatn lake in the background.

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