Heading home..... and my birthday!

Egilsstadir Travel Blog

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Vatnajoküll Glacier
Today we awoke to beautiful sunshine that  burnt through the sea mist fast.

we headed south ... to Laki and the volcanic craters.

This is off the tourist track but really worthwhile seeing.

Laki, or Lakagígar as it is also known (Craters of Laki), is a series of volcanic fissures situated not far from Skatafell.

Laki is part of a volcanic system, centering on the Grimsvotn volcano - In AD 934, the Laki system produced a very large eruption. the Eldgjá eruption, which released 19.6 cubic kilometres (4.7 cu mi) of lava. You cannot believe how much lava you can see ... it literally goes to the horizons both sides!

After a nice day in the sunshine we head back to the camp ... today is my birthday too ...

we visit the glacier lagoon and take acoffee and I am surprised by a birthday cake by Ling ....  I enjoy it .

Vatnajoküll Glacier
.. sharing with Ling ... while being eyed up by a big brown Skua .... a most foul tempered bird says the guide book ... Id prefer not to find out .....!


In 1783-1784, the system erupted again, from the Laki fissure and the adjoining Grímsvötn volcano, pouring out an estimated 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi) of lava and clouds of poisonous flourine gas that killed over 50% of Iceland's livestock population, leading to famine which killed approximately 25% of the population.

The june 8 v1783 eruption was massive. A huge fissure with 130 craters opened with explosions because of the groundwater interacting with the rising magma

The eruption, also known as the Skaftá river fires or Síðueldur, produced an estimated 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi) of lava, and the total volume emitted was 0.

Vatnajoküll Glacier
91 km3 (0.2 cu mi).Lava was estimated to have reached heights of 800-1400m (~2,600-4,600 ft).

In Great Britain the summer of 1783 was known as the "sand-summer" due to ash fallout.

The gases were carried by the convective eruption column to altitudes of about 15 kilometres (10 mi) and the build up of gases caused a cooling effect in the northern hemisphere

The eruption continued until feb 1784, but most of the lava was erupted in the first five months. Grímsvötn volcano, from which the Laki fissure extends, was also erupting at the time from 1783 until 1785. The outpouring of gases, including an estimated 8 million tons of fluorine and estimated 120 million tons of sulfur dioxide gave rise to what has since become known as the "Laki haze" across Europe.

The area today is luckily quite .. but its still close the Vatnajokull ... who knows what the future will bring


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road north - 1 towards Egilsstadir
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