The First day of Eyjafjallajökull Eruption

Just before midnight on Saturday 20th of March the glaciated volcano of Eyjafjallajökull erupted. The eruption is on the popular hiking route over Fimmvörðuháls and luckily it is where the glacier is very thin so no destructive flash floods came rushing down the mountain side.


When I arrived at the scene around dinner time yesterday the weather was really foul, heavy rain and wind with no mountains visible. I decided to drive further into the mountains to see if things would get better. Then it started to clear up as the sun went down.It was an awesome sight. I have never really seen a erupting volcano before.


I am restless now wanting to go again and this time closer. To get closer I will need to bigger 4x4 than my Suzuki. Getting to those mountain ridges near the volcano would render the most awesome shots.


This shot is taken from Syðra Fjallabaksleið which is a mountain road leading into Fjallabak. This road is now closed to all traffic as rivers from the volcano have started to swell.




  • cpra 5y

    overatli: I agree, Þórsmörk would be best, but its hard to reach in this time of the year even without an eruption.
    I read a comment from the wardens, that they went into the mountains yesterday, and I would have accompanied them :-)
    And I am not sure, if everybody is allowed to fly into this area, since the flight space is closed.
    Thanks for the hints, lets see, when I have some time.
  • Din Brasco 5y

    Take care yourself there.....
  • Sigurdur Ragnar Gíslason. 5y

  • Napapon Jongkraijak 5y

    Nice picture,
    Are you excited? Can you sleep at night ?
    I guess you couldn't sleep , you just want to go there right?
  • Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson - PRO 5y

    Bee: Yes, unfortunately there is hard rain and wind coming in now so I want see anything if I go. I will have to wait one more day. It is going to torture me...
  • PRO 5y

    Great shot! It was an amazing view from there. Too bad the northern lights were too pale and in the wrong direction for a photo. Anyway, we must have crossed paths with your car out there on the tracks. We went a bit further than Tröllagjá and met a few cars out there. I was also in Fljótshlíð earlier during the day but didn't see much then.

    Hope to be able to go back there soon.
  • Richard Hüttemann 5y

    What a magnificent view! I would love to be there! Good work!

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  • Guðjón Ottó Bjarnason PRO 5y

    Flott. Góður að fara áður en allt var lokað.
  • Carlos.A 5y

    I see on tv,amazing!
  • Jónína Guðrún Óskarsdóttir PRO 5y

    Flott mynd,,, og hundleiðinlegt að vera ekki nær atburðum til að geta tekið myndir...
  • jon.atli PRO 5y

    Einstök mynd
  • Joe Rainbow PRO 5y

    Crazy. Tanks for posting, better than news shots. Don't go getting melted!
  • Helga* 5y

    Svakalega vel gert :)
  • Adalberto Mangini & Laura PRO 5y

    you catch a great moment. I saw this event on the TV! Pay attention!
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    Thanks for sharing your masterpiece here!
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  • Gino maccanti 5y

    picture that worth a million, must be so great to watch it. I read in the news that the ring road 1 is closed in the south.
  • Margret Leopoldsdottir 5y

    Stórkostleg mynd
  • Namelas Frade PRO 5y

    sooo beautiful
  • Arild Heitmann 5y

    I knew you would get some shots...i almost considered flying over! I ahve a dream of shooting a volcano eruption with the aurora flyin across the sky :-)

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  • Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson - PRO 5y

    Arild: Yes it is my dream shot aswell. Tomorrow and Saturday predicts clear skies, active Aurora and continued eruption. So this is the day to shoot out there.

    It will be tricky though. The brightness of the lava is like city lights so containing it in a single frame will be difficult.
  • Sigfus Sigmundsson PRO 5y

    Þú átt náttúrulega bara að fá að fljóta með einhverjum sem keyra nær, hlakka til að sjá fleiri myndir hjá þér af þessum magnaða viðburði...
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