Cooking eggs in Iceland
Most people would find it quite strange to have constantly boiling geothermal water in their backyard. However, the people in Iceland and particularly the inhabitants of Hveragerði are quite used to it. Hveragerði which literally means “Hot Spring Town” is a town only half an hours drive from Reykjavík. The town sits right on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge which separates the North American and Eurasian continental plates. Due to this unique location, magma flows closer to the surface than elsewhere. That in turn provides us with plenty of hot water.
In Hveragerði, the hot water is mostly used to heat up the greenhouses and provide Iceland with a good deal of its fruits and vegetables. However some use the hot springs directly for cooking. The bakeries offer “hverabrauð” or “hot spring bread” which is baked in the hot springs. Anybody could of course do as the man in the photo is doing and boil some eggs.
Please keep in mind that hot spring areas can be very dangerous places. These places are constantly changing, with new steam vents and mud pots being created just below the surface. This means that what looks like solid ground can collapse from underneath you. This would send you into a very unexpected and dangerous boiling bath. These accidents are too common and I’ve had a friend suffer severe burns. I would not recommend anyone to stand where the man in the photo is standing. Keep a good distance and be aware of the ground near you if exploring them on your own. If with a guide or in an area with paths, then follow the paths and guides only. Read about hot springs and other dangers at SafeTravel.is.
You can see this picture and several others on Julio’s Iceland blog. Thank you Carmen for pointing it out to me.