#eyjafjallajokull

Glaciers are a fascinating part of the Icelandic landscape.  Glaciers and Glacier tongues are often in such proximity to inhabited areas that they are an inseparable part of daily life.

​The interesting thing about glaciers

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.

The Eyjafjallajokull eruption put Iceland on the map for many people

People born around 1960 in Iceland have experienced approximately 25 to 30 eruptions in their lifetime.  There have been numerous eruptions in Hekla, a few Gjástykki and also in Bárðarbunga, two in Eyjafjallajokull one in the town of Westman Islands and an island surfaced south of the coast of Iceland in the sixties in an undersea eruption.  One of the bigger eruptions in historical times, in terms of lava, just ended a few weeks ago north of the glacier Bárðarbunga in the ice cap Vatnajökull. Although some eruptions had catastrophic consequences, almost no lives were lost.

Some Icelanders have experienced more than 25 eruptions