New Iceland Volcano Has Grown 82 Meters Skip to content

New Iceland Volcano Has Grown 82 Meters

By Iceland Review

The new hill or mountain that has formed around the original volcanic crater on the Fimmvörduháls mountain pass in south Iceland has grown 82 meters since the eruption started on March 20. The summit is in a 1,067-meter height above sea level.

The new mountain in its infancy. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

This information was revealed in the summary of a study undertaken by Freysteinn Sigmundsson and Eyjólfur Magnússon at the University of Iceland’s Earth Science Institute, reports.

The scientists used an altimeter and a GPS monitor to measure he mountain’s height. They also found out that the lava now covers an area 1.3 square kilometers in size and that it is ten to 20 meters thick.

A total of 24 million cubic meters of volcanic material had been spurted out of the two craters at the time of the study. On average that is 15 cubic meters of lava per second.

Click here to read more about the eruption.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!