Photoset: volcanoes

I love volcanoes so let’s have a look at some of them. These are all my photos but some volcanoes I’ve got up close and personal with and so I’ve added links to posts about those ones.

First up, Askja: a 19th century eruption decimated the population of Iceland’s north-west and a 1960s eruption resulted in this beautiful milky blue bathing pool.

You can read my post about my 31st birthday at Askja here and my 28th birthday at Askja here. Yes, it’s my birthday volcano.

Eldborg: I know very little about Eldborg except it’s a landmark on the way to Snæfellsnes. Snæfellsjökull, appearing out of the mist of the right, gets its own entry on this list.
Eldfell: a baby volcano formed in 1973 when it rose out of nowhere and tried to destroy Heimaey. Photo from the summit looking down into the crater.

You can read my post about Heimaey and climbing Eldfell here.

Esja: a volcanic range that forms a beautiful backdrop to Reykjavik particularly in winter when she’s covered in snow.

You can read my post about climbing Esja on my 29th birthday here.

Eyjafjallajökull: Everyone’s favourite problem volcano.
Grábrók: A nice crater beside the Ring Road half an hour north of Borgarnes with a quick and easy walk up and around the rim.

You can read my post about a quick detour up Grábrók here.

Hekla: Once Iceland’s most feared volcano. She’s overdue and I’m expecting a pretty eruption.
Helgafell: Eldfell’s quiet & well-behaved next-door-neighbour. She’s a little higher but not hiked nearly as much.
Herðubreið: The Queen of the Highlands. Herðubreið is very rarely seen without her crown.
Kerið: An explosion crater, a concert venue and a controversial subject when it comes to land access.
Laki: Although there is a central volcano (I’m standing on it to take the photo), the Laki eruption was from a huge fissure. You can see various craters that formed along it in the picture, stretching off into the distance.

You can read my post about successfully climbing the Laki central volcano here.

Skjaldbreiður: I’m talking about that faint long low volcano in the distance. Skjaldbreiður, or Shield-broad is the volcano all shield volcanoes take their names from.
Snæfellsjökull: This is my favourite picture of it but is actually the white one at the back. You may know her from Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Þríhnúkagígur: Unique on the planet in that it’s the only one we know of with an empty magma chamber that people can descend into.

And finally, here is my post about going Inside the Volcano.