The Eyjafjallajokull eruption put Iceland on the map for many people

  • The Eyjafjallajokull eruption put Iceland on the map for many people
  • The Eyjafjallajokull eruption put Iceland on the map for many people
  • The Eyjafjallajokull eruption put Iceland on the map for many people
May 3 2017

Seven years ago the eruption at Eyjafjallajokull volcano grabbed the attention of the world.  In recent times few eruptions have caught a similar attention.  It was almost the only thing the news media discussed for days. One of the main reasons was, of course, the concern that the volcanic ash the eruption spewed into the atmosphere would damage aircraft engines.  Consequently, most of the airspace in Europe was closed down for days and all aircraft grounded with consequence for hundreds of thousands of people.

Volcanic fire and ice is not a good mix

The Eyjafjallajokull eruption occurred under a thick ice cap like many disturbing eruptions in Iceland.  When the magma enters the surface beneath the glacier, the ice melts quickly producing an enormous amount of water and volcanic ash. It also produces small particles of glass sending it into the atmosphere. Particles that many feared could cause damage to aircraft engines.  As the magma had a thick ice cap to work with the shot down of air traffic continued for days and in some places for weeks, depending on weather and wind direction.

A thick layer of ash filled many places in Iceland

Although much of the ash produced by the eruption at Eyjafjallajokull was delivered to the Ocean south of Iceland, a large portion fell in the area around the glacier. The thick wall of ash sometimes filled the air and transformed days into nights as darkness fell on large areas. All this was extremely stressful for people and all living creatures around the volcano.

A huge event but no one got hurt

The event was huge on any scale.  Fortunately, no one got hurt, and damage was limited.  Most of the places where water and ash affected land and roads recovered in few moths. And air traffic was back to normal few weeks after the eruption stopped.  Nothing has probably put Iceland on the map for many people in the world as Eyjafjallajokull volcano did.
 

Tours and things to do in the Southern Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.