Gunnuhver is a geothermal site south of Reykjavík on Reykjanes peninsula. It’s actually one of my favourite spots around the capital area. Since Óskar and I went there in the evening, we were spared from the tourist masses that usually occupy all the beautiful gems of nature in Iceland. Lucky us!
The name “Gunnuhver” derived from the female name Gunna and the Icelandic word for hot spring – hver. Thus, the place is meant to be Gunna’s hot spring. You can read more about the outrageous mythological story on the local information boards. For sure, it’s always interesting to get a fictional overlay for special sites.
The surroundings of the hot spring evoke a fairly sublime feeling and recall the aesthetics of wasteland, yet a moonish atmosphere. At the same time, the economic utilisation of the natural power is visible at the horizon: Some factory buildings belch smoke, but don’t catch the observer’s eye for too long. This pragmatic twist somewhat settles the moonish atmosphere in the here and now. I like.