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DAY 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull
Waterfalls - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre
- Volcanic Aftermath - Black Sand Beaches
Seljalandsfoss is ...
Well, we woke up this morning on Westman Islands, and we're going to bed back on the mainland.
This morning we set off on one last adventure on the island - our mission was to climb the volcano! Our host was kind enough to drop us off at the base of the volcano, and point out the best way to make it up in one piece.
After about a half hour of climbing, sliding, rock collecting and picture taking we made it to the peak of the ...
... the last major volcanic eruption here in 1973. The tool that should have warned of the eruption was apparently in poor repair, so there was no indication of the impending explosion! The people were awoken at 2am to the sounds of the eruption, raced to the fishing boats and were taken to shore. We were taken to see lots of the ruins, lava fields and the volcano itself on the tour. Incredible!
We also got to tour a ...
The lady at Hotel Laekur gave us suggestions on a few places to see around. It is15 min drive from Hotel Laekur to Ring Road. Seljalandsfoss, our first stop, is another 20 to 25 min. We got wet after walking along the path behind this waterfall.
Eyjafjallajökull became famous after the 2010 eruption, which was a relatively small eruption but ...
... in a true Norseman (and Norsewoman for that matter, they were very big on equal opportunity spazzing), as mentioned in Viking lore and the rich Icelandic sagas. They might do this individually or corporately, against neighbouring peoples or against... well, their neighbours.
Come to think of it, Iceland is the perfect match for the Viking psyche. It is the perfect Viking homeland. Iceland may have a calm and icy exterior - pristine ...