Saturday, 3 April 2010

Volcano Eyjafjallajökull

Before we came to Iceland, a volcano had become active and been spurting out lava for 10 -14 days. The car hire company gave us a map of how to get near the volcano, and where to go to get the best possible views. The volcano was not far from Gullfoss, and we decided to see if we could see it, but not get too close! The volcano is called Eyjafjallajökull.

The directions were to a valley called Fljótsdalur. From the valley we could see the smoke coming from the volcano but no lava.

So we decided to climb the hill to see if we could see anything.
Can you see the cars in the background? Our car is down there somewhere!

It was great to sit (or lay) on the Winter grass and watch the sky,

and the smoke come out from the volcano.

By the afternoon, the clouds started to come over, and it was getting a bit difficult to see the volcano. The eruption had subsided by this stage, but it was still cool to see!
You can see here the smoke coming from the volcano, and if you look really really really closely, you can see a little bit of an orange tinge

On the way back to the car the kids enjoyed throwing rocks at the frozen river to see if they could break through the ice. You can see some of the rocks that didn't break through!

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