I would write something about the city tonight, but I find the eruption of Iceland’s volcanoes more interesting. I’m always reading books about historical disasters, chronicling the greatest catastrophes of all time. Now you know why these eruptions sparked my attention.

First of all, how in the hell do you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull? After attempting this new language, I start watching all the activities of Eyjafjallajökull and all the havoc it producing with the airlines. Iceland has about 130 volcanic mountains, of which 18 have erupted since the settlement of Iceland,
circa 900 CE There have been a number of gigantic eruptions among the Iceland volcanoes, the biggest in its most recent history being the Laki eruption in 1783 that caused devastation in Europe and North America. The ensuing dust cloud from this major volcano eruption in Iceland was even reported to have reached parts of Asia and Africa. Not all the volcanoes in Iceland appear above sea level and some lie beneath the sea. These subterranean volcanoes are busy working and have formed new island’s to appear above the surface of the sea, such as Surtsey and Joinir. Iceland itself was born out of volcano activity and indeed, is one of the youngest countries in the world.
This is a list of active and extinct volcanoes in Iceland.
Name ; Last Eruption
Askja 1961
Bárarbunga 1903
Brennisteinsfjöll 1341 (±1 year)
Eldfell 1973
Eldgjá fissure system 1784
Esjufjöll 1927
Eyjafjallajökull 2010
Fremrinámur 800 BC (±300 years)
Grímsnes ~3500 BC
Grímsvötn 2004
Hekla 2000
Hengill 90 AD (±100 years)
Herubreidormant active during Pleistocene
Hofsjökull dormant active during Holocene
Hverfjall~500 BC
Jólnir 1966
Katla 1918 dormant active during Holocene
Kolbeinsey ridge 1999
Kollóttadyngja unknown
Krafla 1984
KryÅLsuvík unknown
Kverkfjöll 1968
Laki 1785
Langjökull 925 AD (±25 years)
Loki-Fögrufjöll 1910
Ljósufjöll 960 AD (±10 years)
LyÅLsuhóll dormant active during Holocene
Öræfajökull 1727
Prestahnúkur 7550 BC (±500 years)
Reykjanes 1879
Reykjaneshryggur 1970(?)
Snæfellsjökull 200 AD (±150 years)
Surtsey 1963
Tindfjallajökull dormant active during Holocene
Tjörnes fracture zone 1868
Torfajökull 1477
Tungnafellsjökull dormant active during Holocene
Vatnafjöll 750 AD (±1000 years)
Þeistareykjarbunga750 BC (±100 years)
Þórólfsfellunknown unknown unknown unknown

I never been to Iceland, but the past month or two I have been reading and watching all the volcanic activities going on there. These volcanoes create an amazing, breathtaking, almost lunar like, landscape with many hot water geysers which send jets of hot water into the atmosphere. This would be perfect for my photo work. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most precious with its milky blue, almost hot, waters, against the dramatic back drop of the black lava peaks.
As you can tell, this post is not for local readers.

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