The Volcano Katla is Overdue

In Katla Glacier is one of the most beautiful and accessible ice caves in the country. The cave is charming, but danger looms above. The volcano Katla is overdue. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga, of course, went south today. You can’t miss seeing such a wonder, like the ice cave in Katla Glacier.
When Katla last erupted in 1918, it was catastrophic. Every hundred years or so, a major eruption happens in Katla, meaning it is over 100 years since there was a large eruption last.
It erupted in 1860, 1823, 1755, 1721, 1660, 1625, 1612, and 1580. Many were enormous eruptions, the largest in 1755 and 934 when there was a giant eruption in Katla. When will it erupt next? No one knows, but it’ll be soon.. probably.


The Katla volcano in Mýrdalsjökull is on the far left, next to Katla Glacier.

Photographing the opening of the cave


The Katla Glacier Cave

Chinese ballet dancer filming a film scene in the cave

Vestur-Skaftafellssysla 14/10/2022 : RX1R II, A7R IV, A7C – 2.0/35mm Z, FE 1.8/14mm GM

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson