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Lava, Lava, Everywhere!


Icelanders often refer to their country as the "Land of Fire and Ice" in tribute to its unique landscape shaped by glaciers and volcanoes. Situated between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, Iceland is a hotspot for seismic activity.



The Reykjanes Peninsula, which typically experiences fissure eruptions that do not reach the stratosphere, has become a focal point of this trip. This fiery spectacle underscores the challenges faced by the island nation of nearly 400,000 people, as scientists warn that eruptions in Reykjanes could recur for decades or even centuries. The peninsula, home to about 30,000 residents, has seen eight eruptions since 2021, following the reactivation of geological systems that had been dormant for roughly 800 years.


Previous eruptions have disrupted district heating, closed key roads, and even destroyed several houses in Grindavik, where only a few residents have since returned.


Fred's and my first visit to Iceland was inspired by the 2010 eruption, which grounded around 100,000 flights internationally due to massive ash clouds. We’re excited to be returning from 1-11 February,2025 and are eager to explore the magical island once more, hope to witness the Aurora Borealis,

... and perhaps catch a glimpse of a massive lava flow.


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