Next November, the world’s youngest island, Surtsey, will turn 50. The underwater volcanic eruption, in which the island was created, started November 15, 1963, and lasted for three and half years.
August 12-15, a large scientific convention will be held in Reykjavík to celebrate the anniversary, ruv.is reports.
Surtsey has been closed to the public since 1965; only scientists who study the island’s development can go there.
Surtsey was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of nature’s wonders two years ago.
Þingvellir National Park is the other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland.