Pillow Lavas

Day 4: Ventures into a quarry.

Group in quarry

This morning we walked around the Undirlindur quarry to see pillow lavas! After sleeping in a little bit this morning and eating breakfast together, we loaded up our day packs and hit the road. We arrived at the quarry, which thankfully was less windy than yesterday. We climbed down the rocky slope, and Ben used the quarry to teach us some fundamental principles of geology. After our tour of the quarry and intrusive/extrusive rocks, we came back to the hostel to eat lunch.

Pillow Lava with pencil to scale

We had the afternoon for free time while the professor’s planned our next few days, so we went into Reykjavik to explore. We stopped in to some shops, had coffee, and saw Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. Reykjavik was absolutely beautiful and quaint. We ended the evening with dinner together downtown. We have a long day tomorrow of field work and camping, so we need to go rest our heads on pillows (hopefully not as hard as pillow lavas).

-Rachael

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