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  • In mid August 2014, a period of volcanic earthquakes began in Bárðarbunga, one of Iceland’s most powerful volcanos. I wrote about the starting of the eruption here on Cowbird on the 18th of August, few days after my visit to the area. The volcanic eruption which began at the end of August, was in the “best possible place” north of the Vatnajökull glacier and it lasted until March this year. Eruption under glaciers can cause huge floods with very serious consequences.

    Holuhraun, the lava from this eruption, is the largest lava field in Iceland since 1784. It is about 85 square kilometres, or 80% of the size of Paris. I visited the area, which is now a major tourist attraction last week, and it was a unique experience. The hot water from the lava is one of the best natural pools in Iceland for the time being but it is expected that it will get colder within a year or two.
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