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Iceland - Under the Eyjafjöll: On the day the volcano stopped

This photo was taken on the last day of the volcanic eruption of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull, which lies just a few kilometers behind this scene. Remember, it was the Eyjafjallajökull volcano that disrupted international fligths all over North and Western Europe, and even flights to and from the USA.

Many non-Icelandic speaking people had fun with the word "Eyjafjallajökull". If broken up in Icelandic, the composite word means "Islands+Mountains"+"Glacier". My theory is that it actually means "The Mountain Glacier of [or as seen from] The Westman Islands".

Why Westman Islands? Well, they are a group of islands clearly visible from the mainland, and vice versa, with some 5000 inhabitants. [they are easily on the map just by hovering over it]. Through history there have been close cultural and economic ties between then mainland and the Westman islands.

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The Westman Islands became world famous in 1973 when an eruption started just some 100 meters from the town. The population had to flee instantly on all available boats to the mainland, big parts of the town were buried either permanently in lava or in ash. More on the Westman Islands and the volcanic eruption here:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestmannaeyjar

 

And here is a nice collection of photos from the interesting community of Vestmannaeyjar:

www.google.is/search?q=westman+islands&hl=is&clie...

 

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Taken on May 22, 2010