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Eyjafjallajokull: slowing down or taking a breath?

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The eruption in Eyjafjallajokull has diminished considerably. After heavy ash fall recently, threatening to bury some of the best farmland in Iceland under a thick layer of ash, the volcanic activity has now all but died out, no lava flowing and very little ash.

Is that it, then? That’s impossible to say, this is the third time that that volcano seems to be expiring – so far it’s only been a short period before the volcano has woken up again. Tonight, Icelandic geologists have flown over the crater. When the glacier was erupting with full force the plume rose 8km up into air. Now it’s no higher than 3,5km.

Martin Rietze is a photographer who specialises in landscape photos, taking a particular delight in volcanos. Here are some of his Eyjafjallajokull videos, taken in early May. Icelander with a good knowledge of the glacier and its surroundings wonder how he manages to get the views he does – he must have been climbing glaciers and mountains in the neighbourhood to get his views though some of the routes have been closed. However he did it, the result is spectacular. It’s also fascinating that you can here the thundering of the volcano but you also sense the presence of the photographer because though he remains invisible his shuffling movements can be hear.

Contrary to what foreigners might think it’s only a tiny part of the island that’s affected by the ash and the eruption. Other parts of the country are unaffected. Traveling in Iceland is always a thrilling experience. With the volcano adding to the thrill it’s an even greater experience than usual. Since the ash has affected travel in other countries there’s no need to avoid Iceland. On the contrary, an active volcano is a considerable addition to the wonders and thrills of Iceland!

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Written by Sigrún Davídsdóttir

May 21st, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Posted in Iceland

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