Akureyri, Lake Mývatn, Iceland

Jul 13, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


National Geographic Explorer was once again docked in Akureyri. We disembarked early in the morning, heading out to tour geological formations that we couldn’t get to by ship. We explored sites around Lake Mývatn, an area with a great variety of geologically active features—bubbling mud pools, caves with hot pools, volcanic craters covered with vegetation—that made for an otherworldly, picturesque landscape. 

We stopped and enjoyed a lunch of Icelandic meat and fish before setting off for the afternoon highlight: Hverfall, a tephra cone or tuff ring volcano that last erupted about 2,500 years ago. At 420m high and 1km in diameter, the hike up was truly a magical experience.

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Peter Webster

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology followed shortly after by an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology. He is currently studying for another M.Sc in digital mapping. After working as a commercial diver for several years Peter was offered the position of Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012. He then spent the next 16 months in the Antarctic, stationed at Rothera Research Station, on the peninsula where he managed the dive operations and a team of scientific divers working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs. As well as diving Peter also spent several months in the Antarctic deep field working in aircraft operations, depot laying, and meteorological work whilst living in tents in conditions below -30oC. 

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Andrew Peacock

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Andrew was born in Adelaide, South Australia and (mis)spent his youth surfing and kayaking in the ocean, as is the case for many Aussies! After graduating from medical school there, Andrew spent a year working as a surgical resident in Santa Barbara, California where he was introduced to rock climbing. Taking up this adventure activity with a passion, he began to explore the mountainous regions of the world and volunteered his skills in Nepal and India where he has led numerous treks. While documenting his experiences there on slide film, Andrew began contributing photos to what was then the Lonely Planet image library, which provided the impetus for him to concentrate more keenly on using the creative side of his brain.

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