Still hot!

One of my dreams came true a few months ago. (Or I should say special dream, because living in Iceland is a dream coming true every day. *emotional rant over*)   I had never ever thought that I would fly over an erupting volcano, but it happened. Even though there was a moment when I thought we all were going to die and the airplane will  crash into the hot lava this was one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me.

I took some pictures of Iceland’s Holuhraun lava field which I’d like to share with you guys.

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Bárðarbunga is a large central volcano lying underneath Iceland’s 500-m thick Vatnajökull glacier in the center of the country. It is located at the junction between the eastern and northern volcanic rift zones in the area where the present-day center of the mantle hot spot beneath Iceland is thought to be.

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Holuhraun and the closed safety zone is in an unpopulated area north of Vatnajökull glacier. The area consists mainly of sands and lava fields where there is no vital infrastructure. Bardarbunga has had about 300-400 eruptions during the past 10,000 years which includes only 23 eruptions historic times. Approx 8600 years ago, Bardarbunga produced the largest known lava flow during the past 10,000 years on earth (more than 21 cubic kilometers of volume).

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The eruption has began on 29 August 2014 (still happening!) and has now produced a lava field of more than 85 km2 and 1.4 km3 which is the largest in Iceland since 1783. The largest lava eruption in Iceland before Holuhraun was in Askja in 1875.

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We are on fire!

It was Saturday morning, I was sleeping peacefully in my bed dreaming about some killer sheep (thanks to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4PkMPAlMFo p.s.: watch it, it’s hilarious) when my boyfriend rushed into the room and told me to get ready in 10, because…

…I was going to fly with his dad over the Holuhraun area where the volcanic eruptions are taking place.

I only had time to get my camera and put a pair of trousers and a jacket on my Batman pj’s. The next thing I know is that we’re up in the air flying towards a column of smoke in the distance.

The airplane was the size of a soap box and the turbulence was extra strong so in my mind I wrote my goodbye letter and last will while looking at the unbelievably stunning landscape. From the air, the country looks like another planet. And soon, there we were. Imagine a crack in the ground with rivers of lava coming out of it, hot like hell, and takes your breath away (and not only because of the fumes).

By the way, it’s really difficult to take pictures from an airplane. First, if you open the window, the wind will surely push your eyeballs back into your brain in no time, and you can feel that your hair is slowly getting detached from your skull giving you an auto-scalp. But it’s worth it. Even if my face had frozen off, it would’ve worth it.

I don’t wanna waste more words, let the pictures speak for themselves:

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