Lagoa das Furnas (Furnas Lagoon) S. Miguel Island (Azores) “This pond is one of the largest lakes in the Azores and the second largest island of San Miguel is classified as a nature reserve since 1974. The Lake of Furnas, occupies a large boiler sleeping volcano of fire. This volcano gave way to large volcanic massif of the Sierra de Agua de Pau, located in the center of the island of San Miguel.”
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The Blue Lagoon in Iceland consists of man-made pools that are filled from hot springs created by volcanic activity on the island. Largely consisting of mineral-rich waters. On cold winter days, the steam rising around these pools, surrounded by snow and ice, creates an eerie ambience. —Sonja Groset