Saturday, September 3, 2011

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull is the volcano that brought the world's air travel to a halt as the volcano erupted for nearly six weeks in 2010 and what first grabbed my interest to add Iceland to my bucket list. So no trip to Iceland would be complete without at least seeing the now sleeping giant.

The Þorvaldseyri Visitor Center opened on April 14, 2011, exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Because it’s at the foot of the volcano, you feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over your shoulders, just as at the Þorvaldseyri farm.

The Þorvaldseyri farm became famous after the 2010 eruption and incredible challenges met by the family farm, which had to evacuate and relocate during the eruption. Looking at the area surrounding the farm, it is hard to imagine that over a year later the clean up of the extreme amounts of ash that fell is still a work in progress.  The area is lush and green; not at all what you would expect looking back at pictures of the farm.

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