Katla is due

In Kötlujökull, a sliding glacier that slides southeast and down to Mýrdalssandur from Mýrdalsjökull, you can find one of the most beautiful and accessible ice caves in the country. A charming cave, but still dangers lie close by. Katla, the volcano is located just above the cave and is due for an eruption any day now. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga of course travelled south and east today. You can’t miss seeing such a wonder, like the ice cave in Kötlujökull. When Katla last erupted in 1918, a significant disaster occurred. Katla has major eruptions almost every hundred years, so the volcano is due. It has been 104 years since Katla last erupted. Previously, it erupted in 1860, 1823, 1755, 1721, 1660, 1625, 1612, and 1580. Mostly very large eruptions, the largest in 1755 and of course in 934 when there was a giant eruption in Katla. When will the next one occcur, soon… probably.

Katla, the volcano in Mýrdalsjökull to the far left by the foot of Kötlujökull

The ice cave in Kötlujökull

A Chinese ballet dancer filming a movie scene in the cav

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

Photgraphs & text : Páll Stefánsson