Icelandic Volcanoes

Iceland is situated on top of a so called hotspot, this means that it experiences severe volcanic activity. There is no immideate threat to life on this little island but the effects of larger eruptions can be difficult to predict. The widely known volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajokull (elev. 1,666 m) erupted in 2010, sending ash high into the atmosphere and seriously disrupting European air traffic. Scientists continue to monitor the nearby Icelandic Volcano Katla (elev. 1,512 m), which has a high probability of eruption in the very near future, potentially disrupting air traffic. Grimsvotn and Hekla are Iceland's most active volcanoes but other historically active volcanoes include Askja, Bardarbunga, Brennisteinsfjoll, Esjufjoll, Hengill, Krafla, Krisuvik, Kverkfjoll, Oraefajokull, Reykjanes, Torfajokull, and Vestmannaeyjar. 

Tourism is a growing industry in Iceland and one of the more recent aditions to the many day tours offered to tourists in Iceland is the oppertunity to go on the so-called volcanoe tours where you get the chance to walk on a volcano in Iceland and see the massively impressive lava fields that are now covered in moss. There are also horse riding tours which travel through these lava fields at a slow pace giving the tourist and oppertunity to slowly enjoy Icelands natural beauty.

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Hekla Volcano

The Volcano Hekla

Hekla, located in the south of Iceland amidst the Fjallabak mountain range, is one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland.In holding up its reputation as one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, Hekla has seen over 20 eruptions since 874, being referred to as the  "Gateway to Hell,” dating back to the Middle Ages.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano

The Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, is one of Iceland's smallerice caps located in the far south of the island. As one of the more famous Icelandic volcanoes, it’s situated to the north of Skogar and to the west of the larger ice cap Myrdalsjokull.The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano 1,666 metres (5,466 ft) high, which has erupted relatively frequently since the last ice age. The mountain itself, a stratovolcano, stands at 1,651 metres (5,417 ft) at its highest point, and has a crater 3–4 kilometres (1.9–2.5 mi) in diameter, open to the north.

The Volcano Katla

The Katla volcano, located near the southern end of Iceland's eastern volcanic zone, is hidden beneath the Myrdalsjokull icecap. Katla is one of Iceland's most active and most dangerous volcanoes, infamous for its large eruptions happening on average every 50-100 years, causing devastating glacial floods.