Still another volcano, currently receiving magma from below is Grímsvötn. It is a central volcano in the Vatnajökull ice cap. Grímsvötn is the most active volcano in Iceland, lately erupting every 4-5 years on the average, but most eruptions tend to be small, except maybe during the first few hours. They are purely ash- and pumice producing and have not disturbed people in mainland Europe, except for a few flights being canceled in 2011 when an unusually energetic but short eruption occurred. The volcano holds a caldera complex with a lake and a floating glacier ice shelf.
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson is a geoscientist and author of a number of books and documentaries/TV programs on the geology af Iceland, especially volcanology and glaciology. He is a member of the team that created LAVA and wrote the script for the exhibition.Back to blog