A few years ago we drove up to the top of Eyjafjallajokull in our super 4X4 vehicle with 38" tires. A vehicle specially modified to operate on a glacier and drive over deep snow. At that time, Eyjafjallajokull was just another glacier with all kinds of crevasses, cracks, deep snow, ice and weather-beaten rocks with unique snow formations. It looked kind of nice to take a nap on an ice shelf on one of the rocks. Little did we know that just under the ice surface lurked a mass of floating lava at about 1000 degrees Celsius waiting to erupt. Before the eruption, very few people had considered Eyjafjallajokul to be an an active volcano. Luckily for us this was not the day the sweltering magma decided to surface and melt tons of snow in a single day on the top of Eyjafjallajokull.