The first snow of winter arrived in Iceland this afternoon.
We have been discussing the beauty of two natural phenomena at the same time, northern lights and the glowing lava shooting out of a crater. Photographer James Appleton managed to capture a series of beautiful photographs that show both Aurora Borealis and an eruption in the same frame.
According to volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson, Bárðarbunga volcano is now sitting right on top of the earth’s hot spot.
The volume of the lava from the Holuhraun eruption is one of the greatest in recent history. It could contain over 150 Empire State Buildings, 100 Eiffel Towers or over 200 Khufu Pyramids. The volcano has even produced enough lava to build the Great Wall of China 1.5 times over.
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 shook the crater in Bárðarbunga just after 10.30 pm on Wednesday night.
We are lucky that Holuhraun is about as far from all towns in Iceland as possible. But what if the eruption was in Reykjavík? How much damage would the eruption have done?
The Icelandic Met Office has now issued a new feature to its website, showing the most recent earthquakes at Bárðarbunga on maps that are updated more or less continuously.
A young German tourist, Christian Mathias Markus, born October 11, 1980 is missing. He was last seen on Thursday, September 18, when he left the hotel in Breiðavík in the West Fjords.
This 1926 video features people riding Icelandic horses in the streets, women wearing national costumes and lots of Icelandic children.