Welcome to the largest volcanic desert in the world, Skeiðarársandur in southeast Iceland. This vast wasteland was created by a combination of geothermal and glacial activity and covers some 500 square miles. Criss-crossed by drainage channels, the area’s most recent volcanic eruption was in 1996 when several bridges on the Ring Road were washed away, destroying the region’s only access to the rest of the island. Katabatic winds are able to reach hurricane speeds here, with enough power to strip the paint off cars, an experience my husband and I became all too familiar with. When your Icelandic car rental agency asks you if you want extra insurance for cracked windshields and chipped paint, just say yes. #TheStruggleIsReal
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