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New Hot Spring Area Popular among Tourists

Bubbling muddy hot springs that used to lie below the surface of lake Kleifarvatn in southwest Iceland, “The Draining Lake” in Arnaldur Indridason’s eponymous crime novel, have garnered considerable attention among travelers lately.


Kleifarvatn. Photo by ESA.

The lake’s water level had been dropping since 2009 until about one month ago when it began rising slightly again. However, the water level is still low enough for the hot springs to be visible, Morgunbladid reports.

After the strong earthquakes in south Iceland in 2000, Kleifarvatn drained suddenly but before that the water level had been at a high.

In the spring and summer of 2009 a series of earthquakes hit the Krýsuvík area near the lake after which it started draining faster.

In the past two years, little precipitation has also contributed to the lake’s surface level dropping and natural wonders like the popular hot springs appearing.

Click here to read more about Kleifarvatn.


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