The volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull continues, but, for now at least, is a “tourist eruption”, as nice as they get, with a huge flood of tourists to the mountain on clear days and a boom industry in getting sightseers out to the mountain.
The original fissure that erupted has closed after building up a nice cinder cone, but the second fissure mostly consolidated into a single crater which continues strong.
The mountain is still rumbling and swelling, suggesting magma continues to flow under the crust, and there are occasional burps from next door neighbour Katla – which is big bad volcano in the complex, and one which promptly erupted after the last couple of eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull.
Sadly, two people have died going to the volcano – not with the volcanism as the proximate cause, their SUV got stuck in bad weather and they were ill prepared for the conditions, two of three people left the vehicle and died of exposure.
There are some phenomenal photos of the action:
Steini fjall has more photos – check his time-lapse series of the lava
Several webcams have been setup this one is one of my favourites – view is best at dawn and dusk, local time.
Norðurflug will take you on a helicopter ride to the volcano, going a bit too close for comfort sometimes.
Cooking your pulsur (what the hot dog aspires to be) over lava is an old tradition, which I first remember from the Heimaey eruption – in the New Iceland, things are done more extravagantly Hótel Holt does luxury barbecues on the mountain, cooking on the red hot lava, weather permitting.
The environmental ministry has requested local sheriff investigate (in Icelandic): not for recklessness or stupidity, but because off-road driving is prohibited in the area now that the ground in no longer frozen ?
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