Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull 1

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 - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - 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 - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - 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 - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

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

Iceland - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - 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.

Waterfalls flowing all over and all around us.

Iceland - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - 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 - Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Iceland - 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…

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23 Comments

  1. Deb Adadjo says:

    I would love to visit a volcano. Must be truly awe-inspiring.

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Hi Deb it certainly is 🙂

  2. 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.

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Hi Jess, thanks. Yes it did indeed ruin a lot of holidays didn’t it? Iceland is a firm favourite of mine. A hikers dream 🙂

  3. Amazing Photos! I hope I will have a chance to visit Iceland.

  4. Jaime S. Sincioco says:

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

  5. Tina Somberg-Buiks says:

    You did it again! Gorgeous pictures. Would love to see it with my own eyes and will one day.

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Hi Tina, to see with your own eyes is truly a wonderful thing 🙂 thank you

  6. Gorgeous photos! That definitely would have been breath-taking!

  7. Wow! From the photos, it looks really normal. It looks like a breathtakingly beautiful place. Don’t know if I’d be brave enough to hike there.

    1. Paul Steele says:

      It is very safe especially with a guide.. One thing they have in Iceland is great guides I must admit. Thank you

  8. Hazel Uzzell says:

    I spent a lovely afternoon up there before the eruption . Beautiful country.

  9. 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!

  10. Stunning. I love how the green really pops in comparison to the harsh volcanic background.

  11. Stunning. I was in Iceland once very briefly many years ago, and have always wanted to go back. Your photos remind me why.

  12. This had to be the most amazing hike and the photos show it. Simply Spectacular!

  13. JANET LAWSON says:

    Tks
    for sharing these wonderful pics!

  14. JANET LAWSON says:

    Tks
    for sharing these wonderful pics!

  15. What awesome scenery. I am going to stop in Iceland on one of my European trips.

  16. WalkingHoliday.info says:

    I've heard many good things about Iceland. Sounds like a great walking holiday destination. Thanks for the story and pictures!

  17. WinchesterLady1 says:

    Thank you so much for such stunning photos and for your description. More please.

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