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Icelandic Volcanologist has lead an Adventurous Life

One of the names that comes up repeatedly when journalists week an expert’s opinion is Haraldur Sigurdsson. He has the ability to explain complex phenomena in layman’s terms.

In his extraordinary 40-year career he has discovered a lost city, led research on legendary sites such as Pompeii and found the link between meteorites and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Living in tents, braving snakes, rainstorms and active volcanoes for many months a year, volcanologist and geochemist Haraldur Sigurdsson has lived adventures that would put Indiana Jones to shame. He has now returned to his home town of Stykkishólmur, situated near the legendary Snaefellsjökull glacier and volcano. And he has founded The Volcano Museum, the only one of its kind in the world.

Photo: Egill Sigurdsson

In the 2009 summer issue of Iceland Review – IR 47.02 we visited Sigurdsson.

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