TOP 6 VOLCANO TOURS IN ICELAND
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice, with the country's many spectacular volcanoes give it the 'fire'! Here are 6 of the best volcano tours that you can take!
Daníel Páll Jónasson, 40, jiggles a lot of plates. A physical geographer and photography enthusiast, who works in sales and IT for a cleaning products wholesaler, he is a father of two girls and a published author of a photography book about volcanoes — among other things. Jonasson, a Reykjavik native, said he had traveled around Iceland every year since he was a child, so “I know a bit about every place in the country.” He also really loves volcanoes— since the eruption of Fagradalsfjall in 2021, he has hiked to the site over 30 times.
I’ve been interested in geology and volcanoes ever since I saw the news footage from the eruption in Vatnajökull in 1996 and the destruction following the glacial flood in Skeiðará.
Since then I have always found eruptions both beautiful and a bit threatening. I hiked twice to the fissure eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, flew over the eruption in Holuhraun in 2014 and then I hiked 30 times to the eruption in Fagradalsfjall last year. And I’ve already been to the new eruption there, and it’s magnificent!
I first came up close to a fissure eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. It was a spectacular experience, one that played on all the senses. Before that, I’d only seen volcanic plumes from afar.
How various they are. We have fissure eruptions, explosive eruptions under glaciers or water, glacial floods from eruptions, lava shields, stratovolcanoes, calderas, and so on.
We actually have every type of volcano possible and the frequency of eruptions is quite high compared to other countries.
- Daníel Páll Jónasson
At first, I just took photos for fun, to post on my Facebook page, but when the praise came pouring in from friends, family and others, I realized I could use them for a photography book.
So I ended up going 30 times to the eruption site and I took over 10.000 photos. I frequently took longer tours, for example, around the lava field, to capture moments in the eruption that most people wouldn’t be able to witness.
Yes, I went to the site when the eruption was only a few hours old, and I took over 200 photos and videos. I will, of course, go there again and again until the eruption is finished and then I will publish a new book.