Eyjafjallajökull – The one that rules them all

Eyjafjallajökull – The one that rules them all

The unpronounceable one, silently looming in the background. Always in the shadow of its bigger sisters and brothers. Nobody knew its name, or could even pronounce it, except Icelanders. Until that day in April 2010, when it literally erupted into world fame, and stopped the whole of Europe in their tracks.

Eyjafjallajökull rules them all 😉

NaturePic Challenge – Mountains & Volcanoes # 7: Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull, south coast, Suðurland, IcelandQuietly looming…

You’ll see this beautiful volcano looming from the Ringroad near Skógar on the south coast of Iceland. From Skógafoss you can explore its lower slopes if you walk up the stairway beside the waterfall. Sometimes the track is temporarily closed for the fragile vegetation to regenerate. This happens especially in Spring, when the path get muddy due to melting of snow. Check beforehand.

Even more spectacular views await when you venture into the fabled valley of Þórsmörk on the other side. Skógafoss is also the starting point of the 25 kilometre Fimmvörðuháls walking track, across Eyjafjallajökull and down into Þórsmörk.

Midnight sunset on Eyjafjallajökull, south coast, Suðurland, Iceland

Epic midnight sunset on Eyjafjallajökull.

Magni crater, Fimmvörðuháls, Eyjafjallajökull, south coast, Suðurland, Iceland

Magni crater and Fimmvörðuháls lava flow, still steaming at their edges, four years after the eruption.

Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull, south coast, Suðurland, Iceland

You do need some bits & pieces of rope in places to get down the mountain on the Þórsmörk side,… 😉

The unpronouncable glacier mountain

On my first short visit to Iceland I rented a car for 2 days and went on a spontaneous road trip along the south coast to Vík. And got lost in some of the most overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen, full of steaming fields and surreal rugged mountains with countless waterfalls tumbling from their hallucinating green edges. It was beyond anything I could have imagined or expected beforehand. It was probably the sight of the incredible craggyness of that obscure mountain that did it. I saw a brilliant sunset on its shimmering glacier looming in the distance, and was well & truly blown away.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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