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Krafla

The Great Volcanoes: Krafla

Krafla in Northeast Iceland is one of Iceland’s most spectacular and active volcanoes. For nearly a decade the Krafla caldera and Krafla fissure swarm erupted on and off in the period 1975-84. The events were a striking repetition of what happened during the Mývatn fires in the 1720s.

Þingvellir Almannagjá

Old Royal Route Uncovered in Þingvellir

When road improvements of the so-called Konungsvegur (King’s Road) in Þingvellir National Park began last week, old paving stones appeared from underneath the asphalt. These are likely the remains of the original King’s Road from 1907.

Askja eruption 1961

Photos of 1961 Askja Eruption Shown for First Time

On October 26, 1961, the Askja volcano suddenly started erupting. Even though the volcano had brought misery to the nation a hundred years earlier, not many were afraid this time. Now more than half a century later the public sees the photos taken on the journey by a father and son, Reynir and...

Askja eruption 1961

The Great Volcanoes: Askja

A tremendous eruption started on March 29, 1875 in Askja, in Northeast Iceland, north of Vatnajökull gacier and south of Heiðubreið mountain. The volcanic ash was heavy enough to poison the land and kill livestock, especially in the East Fjords of Iceland.

Westman Isles Eruption Church Eldheimar

The Great Volcanoes: Heimaey, the Westman Islands

One night in January 1973 it looked as if the 5,000 people living in the Westman Islands were doomed when the dormant volcanic giant woke up and an eruption started a few hundred meters from town. Our series on the great Icelandic volcanoes continues.

Northern Lights and Hekla Eruption

The Great Volcanoes: Hekla

The paradox of an eruption is that it can be beautiful and destructive at the same time. The most famous volcano in Iceland, historically speaking, is probably Hekla.

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