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One Year Ago: Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Erupts in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Today one year has passed since the volcano underneath the Eyjafjallajökull icecap in south Iceland began, which evolved into a major international event as the ash fall disrupted air travel around the world.


The eruption at its height. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The eruption followed a smaller one on the Fimmvörduháls mountain range close by, a typical “tourist eruption” with limited ash fall and spectacular lava flow.

The Fimmvörduháls eruption attracted both locals and foreigners, while the subsequent Eyjafjallajökull eruption caused cancellations in bookings—at least to begin with.


The “tourist eruption” on Fimmvörduháls. Photos by Páll Stefánsson.

Long-term, the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull may prove an asset to Iceland’s travel industry—just last weekend US actor Jake Gyllenhaal shot scenes there for the survival reality show Man vs. Wild.

Even so, the farmers in the area surrounding the glacier are still dealing with the consequences of ash fall. An IR columnist recently described how the ash keeps blowing into her family’s home in the region.

The eruption came to an end in June but the aftermath is still a sight to behold—with various travel agencies offering tours to the glacier—and every now and then there are reports of small tremors or minor rumbles in the volcano’s belly, the last time in January.

So far these incidents have not been considered indications that the eruption is about to resume but they are sure to remind people that the last time Eyjafjallajökull erupted, 1821-1823, the volcano was quiet for many months before it began spurting ash and lava again.

For the occasion of the eruption’s anniversary, the University of Iceland will host a program in the university building Askja, starting at 5 pm today, where scientists will give presentations on the eruption open to everyone, reports.

Tomorrow a museum on the eruption will open at the farm Thorvaldseyri, which is located at the foot of the glacier and was subject to significant flooding and ash fall during the eruption. The museum was built by local farmers, states.

Click here to read our collection of news stories about Eyjafjallajökull and look at related photos and videos.

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