Exploring Iceland’s Most Famous Volcanoes: A Journey Through Fire and Ice

Author: Miroslaw Tran

Eyjafjallajökull: The Showstopper

Key Facts:

  • Last Eruption: 2010
  • Elevation: 1,651 meters
  • Notable Impact: The 2010 eruption caused the largest air travel disruption since World War II.
Eyjafjallajökull, author: Henrik Thorburn

Key Facts:

  • Last Major Eruption: 1918
  • Elevation: 1,512 meters
  • Notable Impact: Potential to produce catastrophic floods affecting nearby settlements.
Katla, author: Kjartan Guðmundsson, 1918

Hekla: The Gateway to Hell

Key Facts:

  • Last Eruption: 2000
  • Elevation: 1,488 meters
  • Notable Impact: Its historical eruptions have significantly shaped Iceland’s landscape.
Hekla, author: Hansueli Krapf

Nestled under the Vatnajökull glacier, Grímsvötn is Iceland’s most active volcano. Its eruptions are often accompanied by spectacular glacial floods. The 2011 eruption shot ash clouds into the sky, disrupting air travel just like Eyjafjallajökull.

Key Facts:

  • Last Eruption: 2011
  • Elevation: 1,725 meters
  • Notable Impact: Known for producing large jökulhlaups, a type of outburst flood.
Grímsvötn, ash covering glacier 3 months after eruption. author: Henrik Thorburn
Bárðarbunga, author: Egill Aðalsteinsson

Fagradalsfjall: The New Star

Fagradasfjall, author: Bessi Eydal Egilsson

Recent Eruptions and Their Impact

Fagradasfjall, author: Miroslaw Tran
  • Stay Informed: Keep an eye on updates from the Icelandic Met Office.
  • Join Guided Tours: Safety first! Our guided tours ensure you get the best experience without the risks.
  • Respect the Warnings: Heed local advice and avoid restricted zones.
Snaefellsjokull, author Axel Kristinsson 

Have an unforgettable drive along the infamous Eyjafjallajökul, catch a glimpse of the neighboring Katla and witness the dramatic landscapes formed by their eruptions.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Our tours are led by experienced guides who provide fascinating insights into Iceland’s geological history. Book with us to safely and thoroughly explore these incredible volcanic sites.

Author: Miroslaw Tran


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