Eldfell erupting a rainbow

Eldfell erupting a rainbow

Last update: 2 November 2019

Eldfell volcano suddenly arrived in spectacular fashion on the island of Heimaey on 23 January 1973, and caused quite some upheaval. After it finished its business on July 3 of that same year, it now lies dormant and watches over the island peacefully.

But occasionally Eldfell still erupts a rainbow ❤️

(and some northern lights too!)

Eldfell erupting a rainbow, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

The ‘twin’ volcanoes of Eldfell and Helgafell on Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar.

Rainbow extravaganza

Autumn brings some unstable & stormy weather, but it also creates stunning natural light effects like these. You can often see rainbows of extravagant shapes and sizes all over the island.

Rainbow over Heimaey harbour, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Rainbow over Heimaey harbour and the huge Eldfell lava fields.

At the start of the Goslok festival 2017, a cheerful rainbow also appeared over Eldfell and Vestmannaeyja town. Goslok is the yearly celebration of the end of the eruption. Timing couldn’t have been better 😉

Eldfell goslok rainbow, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Vestmannaeyjar is a volcanic chain of islands just off the south coast of Iceland, directly across from Eyjafjallajökull. Heimaey, the main island, may look tiny on the map, but there’s a lot of spectacular scenery densely compressed into its 13,4 square kilometres. The ferry departs from Landeyjahöfn and takes 35 minutes. You’ll see the turn-off to the harbour near Seljalandsfoss on the Ring Road.

Want to see more of this beautiful island? Explore the numerous Vestmannaeyjar walking tracks in this article.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

Rainbow over Herjólfsdalur, Bjarnarey and Eldfell, Vestmannaeyjar, IcelandRainbow over Herjólfsdalur, with the island of Bjarnarey and Eldfell in the background.

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