The inlet the house stands by, Straumsvík, is beautiful and unique. The ponds or pools in the lava are full of fresh water which floats on top of a layer of salt water. The surface of the ponds rises and falls with the tides, but the surface water stays fresh.
Some of the lava ponds with Straumur in the background:
Below: An old hut that stands by the road down to the aluminium smelter. What it was originally, I don't know, possibly a fisherman's hut, but when I peeped inside it contained a couple of rows of what could have been shoe shelves or wooden seating on the wall, a couple of rusted lockers and a mattress. Possibly a dressing room for bathers?
Straumur was once a working farm, but now belongs to the city of Hafnarfjörður and is an art centre and artist residence.Coming from Keflavík, you can see it on the left hand side just before you get to the aluminium smelter.
The house with surroundings:
The house reflected in the nearest pond: