in ,

Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Quite a lot of people remember the famous ash clouds that grounded aircraft in 2010. Even the name of the eruption site in Iceland became widely known as the volcano that cannot be pronounced. Believe me I have had many Icelandic people say it to me slowly here but alas I still cannot say it properly.

Well, today was a great day for me, I had the opportunity to hike up to the point of the initial eruption. A unique experience to see the surrounding from on high and at source from a very very young eruption.

iceland-trek-203 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-205 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-216 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Brisk was the pace as we made our way up onto wild landscape. It wasn’t long at all before the glaciers appeared before us. Seeing the settled ash so close up and settled on the glaciers was a strange sight. It leads you on to higher things.

iceland-trek-219 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-221 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Climb further upwards and down the valleys beside you can be seen the brand new lava flows. Steam rising off them showing that even though a year old the heat of the earth is showing itself. Imagine the heat at the time?!

iceland-trek-236 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-242 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

And there it was, the initual eruption site. Smokey, new and lava filled.

iceland-trek-245 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-246 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

What a great spot for lunch! Even up here you did not have to worry about a cold seat, the lava filled ground is full of spots where the heat still fills the ground. To sit and stare at brand new volcanoes, brand new lava fields and the power of it all was very much something that I will never forget.

iceland-trek-261 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-263 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

The hike up was a feast on the eyes, views that kept me in awe. Variety in abundance and a spectacular unique natural landscape too feast the mind and eyes on at the top. Iceland has truly taken a place in my heart and I have lots more to tell.

iceland-trek-269 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

iceland-trek-274 Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

I want to show you sights from this week whilst I have been on the 60 km of the Laugavagur Trail. A magnificent feast for the eyes, feet and mind. Had plenty of wow moments…

Written by Paul Steele

Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

24 Comments

Leave a Reply
  1. Truly spectacular photos. I’d love to visit the volcano that almost ruined what was the best road trip of my life. We need to have words.

    Iceland is definitely on the list of places I need to visit.

  2. Beautiful and interesting volcanic area photos during its normal condition. Hope you document an erupting volcano in the future.Thanks,more power!

  3. You make me want to revisit Iceland, your photos are spectacular and it must have been incredible to visit that particular spot. It’s a wonderful country, you have to see it for yourself I think, to appreciate all the subtle colours in the landscape and breathe in the lovely fresh air. Magnificent!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Iceland – Waterfalls, Water Spouts and Views from a Rift

Iceland – The Escapism and Beauty of The Laugavegur Hiking Trail