Iceland Is Blowing Up

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 14, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the eruption of the Eyjallajökull volcano. Though it might be known more for the impressive ash cloud grounding flights and pissing off travelers around the world, Iceland is starting to see the silver lining with an eruption of tourism.

Wanderlust reports a family farm at the base of the volcano is now the Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre, offering films and photographs of the family going about their daily chores with Eyjallajökull blowing up in the background. Don’t tell them how crappy your job is.

Trekking has also sprung up. Particularly, head to the Gigjokull glacier to see Earth’s forces in action or, better yet, hike right to the eruption site. Yeah, you can definitely spit into the very volcano that stranded you in the U.K. last year.

If that’s not enough inspiration to visit Iceland, watch this video from the group Inspired By Iceland, then start researching flights. Trust me, it’s that cool.

Go. To. Iceland.

[At the lava front by]
By Jon Wick


About the Author

Jon lives in Butte, Montana, spending most of his time on skis or bikes; sometimes both. He began travel writing while teaching in Korea and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communication at Montana Tech. Jon has begun writing his first book, The Story of Will, whose movie rights are still (very) available. Catch more of Jon at (@ExpedJon)

  • what a sweet get rich quick gig for the family at the bottom of the hill. How cool

    • Jonwick

      That’s what I thought… I’m sure in a few years they’ll sell out to the Hilton Hotel group and never have to farm for the rest of their lives. I think I’d handle a volcano for that…

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