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).


Hello from Iceland!

A geology lesson

Day 2: Greetings from one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Today was our first day in the filed, and we started it off with an Icelandic staple: Skyr and granola. After going over some logistics, we journeyed into the vast and astonishingly beautiful lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the hopes of scouting out some lakes to sample over the coming weeks. After a bumpy ride and a couple of stops to examine past volcanic activity and extraordinary geological structures, we arrived at Lake Djupavatn, a medium-sized lake surrounded on both sides by steep volcanic rock. A team of four set out to take samples in our raft, while the others explored the lake outlet and surrounding geology. As much as I’d love to go on, the day has been long and we’ll be up early to continue exploring.

Getting ready to sample the lake

We’ll all be updating the blog, so stay tuned!