End of the eruption?
On the third of August at 1:30 p.m., an eruption began in Meradalir in Fagradalsfjall, at the edge of the lava that came up in last year’s eruption. The eruption ended, or paused, at six in the morning on August 21. It is not known whether the eruption is over. Although volcanic activity is high in Reykjanes, there has not been an eruption there for 800 years, and it has been 6000 years since the last eruption in Fagradalsfjall, when Beinavörður lava flowed from the volcano. The area of Fagradal’s lava, the new lava that emerged in these two eruptions, is about 6 square kilometers. For comparison, Holuhraun, which formed north of Vatnajökull in 2014-2015, is more than ten times larger or 84 square kilometers. Although lava is not coming up from the crater in Meradalir right now, there is a steady stream of people going up to the eruption sites to admire the traces of the eruptions and the new and glowing Fagradal’s lava.
Fagradalsfjall 2021/2022 : A7C, RX1R, A7R IV : FE 1.4/24mm GM, 2.0/35mm Z, FE 2.8/100mm GM Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson