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The story of Iceland written in dirt

The largest volcanic ash eruption ever recorded on earth  happened here in 1362. Now, you can actually see it.

The largest volcanic ash eruption ever recorded on earth happened here in 1362. Now, you can actually see it.

While the majority of visitors to Iceland have their eyes on the marvelous natural beauty of this place a number is most concerned with learning about geology.

That makes sense. Iceland is the youngest big mass of land on earth and that fact is precisely why the nature here is so astounding. That is why there is geothermal energy just inches below the surface in many places. That is the reason so many active volcanoes are found here. That is the reason for Geysir geyser and the magnificent tectonic plate rift at Thingvellir. One probably learns more about geology just by taking a nice walk here than by years in the classroom.

This is in effect nothing more than a deep hole dug into the ground but what it reveals is quite remarkable

But now visitors interested in geology can get a closer look than usual at how immensely this place has changed throughout time. A local farmer in the South of Iceland has built a tiny shed on his ground in which one can literally see the many layered island.

This place, at Efri-Vik close to Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the farmer calls his ash-bunker. This is in effect nothing more than a deep hole dug into the ground but what it reveals is quite remarkable. Here one can quickly see the history of Iceland written in dirt. One can see how different volcanoes have blanketed this country with thick layers of ash for centuries. One can say this is in fact a time-capsule of volcanic activity.

Again, we must emphasize that this is not worth going long distances to visit. But should you find yourself in the area with time to spare and with interest in your surroundings then this could make your day. Visitation is free. If lost, ask at Laki hotel which is very close by.

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