Last weekend we had a volcanic eruption here in Iceland. A place in Vatnajokull glacier called Grimsvotn had erupted with massive ash clouds bursting from the crater. Unfortunately this was no tourist show and the ash spread very far and like last year interrupted flight plans across Europe though not as seriously as last year.
When I woke up monday morning to go to the gym I too had a present waiting for me. The ash cloud had reached the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, and the thin ash layer was over everything. I could only imagine what the people living close to the volcano were going through as they didn
Last year was more of a tourist eruption for me. Even though the flight around the world was interrupted more by the eruption in Eyjafjallajokull, the chance to be there in live it was amazing.
I took three trips to see the volcano and of couse I always had my trusted camera with me. On the fist trip me and a friend hiked for 7 hours to the top of a mountain called Morinsheidi and got a fantastic view over the eruption and the lava crawling down the side of the mountain. Due to extreme cold up there (everything froze in the backpacks on the way up), we could only stop for a short time before going back down. The view on the way down was no less spectacular. We headed down around midnight in total darkness with the northern lights lighting our way and it felt like a dream. Unfortunately I didn
Seccond trip included a little less walking. We climbed a smaller mountain a little further away and with my 70-200mm lens I got a little closer to the crater. After taking a few shots, we decided to drive a little closer and check out the environment. With the wind in our backs we were completely free of the ash spewing from the volcano and had great fun shooting photos.
Third and final time last year was when the eruption had stopped. I went along with friends to check out the site close up and personal. It is a 6-8 hours hike over Eyjafjallajokull glacier but the walk was definetly worth it. To experience the birth of life again, of growth slowly forcing it
Photo credits: Sigurdur William Brynjarsson.