Will our next eruption be just north of Vatnajökull? 

One of the most active volcanic eruptions area in the country is from Bárðarbunga, the second highest mountain in Iceland in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull towards Askja just north of Vatnajökull. There, the land has risen by 50 cm, in a short time. Natural hazard experts at the Icelandic Meteorological Office say that a volcanic eruption cannot be ruled out when land rises as much as it has there in the last year. The landrise is caused by the accumulation of magma, at a shallow depth below the volcano. It last erupted nearby, in Holuhraun, nine years ago in August 2014. It was the fifth largest lava flow since the settlement of Iceland, covering 85 km² of land. The most recent lava,  Fagradalshraun from the eruption from last year and the year before, is just around 5 km² in size.

The eruption in Holuhraun lasted from August 31, 2014 to February 27, 2015, or about 6 months.

The eruption in Holuhraun lasted from August 31, 2014 to February 27, 2015, or about 6 months.

The eruption in Holuhraun lasted from August 31, 2014 to February 27, 2015, or about 6 months.

The eruption in Holuhraun lasted from August 31, 2014 to February 27, 2015, or about 6 months.

The eruption in Holuhraun lasted from August 31, 2014 to February 27, 2015, or about 6 months.

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson

26/01/2023 : A7RII, RX1R : FE 1.4/50mm Z, 2.0/35mm Z