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Sure you are ready for summertime in the highland of Iceland?

The scene at mountain cabins near Askja in the highland of Iceland on the 19th of July. Be prepared for anything over here. PIC Haukur Bjornsson/Ferdafelag Akureyrar

The scene at mountain cabins near Askja in the highland of Iceland on the 19th of July. Be prepared for anything over here. PIC Haukur Bjornsson/Ferdafelag Akureyrar

We know you packed lots of extra warm clothes for your July trip to Iceland.

 

As one volcano ends in Iceland another area starts to rumble

Steam rises from the rift known as Holuhraun which has spewed forth lava non-stop for eight months. PIC Norðurflug/RUV

Steam rises from the rift known as Holuhraun which has spewed forth lava non-stop for eight months. PIC Norðurflug/RUV

Those of you fascinated by volcanoes will probably remember that the recently deceased Holuhraun volcano in Iceland was originally thought to be the start of something much bigger and scarier in Bardarbunga volcano.

 

All over but the crying – Curtain falls on Holuhraun volcano

Steam rises from the rift known as Holuhraun which has spewed forth lava non-stop for eight months. PIC Norðurflug/RUV

Steam rises from the rift known as Holuhraun which has spewed forth lava non-stop for eight months. PIC Norðurflug/RUV

Well, well, well. Seems you are a teeny weeny bit too late for that excellent, tourist-friendly volcano in Iceland. Holuhraun volcano, spewing non-stop since August 2014 seems to have finally run out of steam.

 

Bardarbunga volcanic rift in Iceland likely soon accessible

Too close for comfort. This kind of access will never be wise or granted but some access is very likely. PIC Sparkle Motion

Too close for comfort. This kind of access will never be wise or granted but some access is very likely. PIC Sparkle Motion

Remember that volcanic rift in the North of Iceland a few months ago? Would you believe it is still going strong?

 

Missing out on nature in deep winter Iceland

Just one of thousands of beautiful spots off limits in wintertime Iceland. PIC eirasi

Just one of thousands of beautiful spots off limits in wintertime Iceland. PIC eirasi

There is a famous old Viking saying that roughly translated means that a good poem is never too often told. Which is why we want yet again to tell you about things you miss out on here when visiting in deep winter.

 

Quick, massive and devastating. What happens if Bardarbunga in Iceland blows

The ongoing Holuhraun rift volcano if pretty mighty and impressive but utterly harmless compared to a volcano in nearby Bardarbunga. PIC Global Panorama

The ongoing Holuhraun rift volcano is pretty mighty but utterly inconsequential compared to a volcano in nearby Bardarbunga. PIC Global Panorama

Scientists in Iceland are well aware of the potential force that could be unleashed if and when Bardarbunga volcano underneath Vatnajokull ice cap does blow.

 

Iceland volcano in plainspeak

Flowing lava is spreading fast North of Vatnajokull glacier. Lava has already flowed into Jokulsa river in which the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall is found. PIC Bruce McAdam

Flowing lava is spreading fast North of Vatnajokull glacier. Lava has already flowed into Jokulsa river in which the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall is found. PIC Bruce McAdam

There is no shortage of fantastic photos, videos and interactive maps showing interested parties exactly what is happening in the volatile area in Vatnajokull glacier and North of that same glacier.

 

Land of decoration – Iceland volcano from above

Some things simply speak for themselves. Like this great video taken a couple of days ago over the volcanic rift in Holuhraun North of Vatnajokull glacier.

Probably the best thing to actually being in the helicopter yourself and shows well how marvelous volcanic eruptions can be.…

 

Up close and personal with the volcanic eruption in Iceland

Impressive to say the least. But off limits and for a good reason too. PIC skjáskot RUV

Impressive to say the least. But off limits and for a good reason too. PIC skjáskot RUV

Dilemma of the day for the curious. How to get up close and personal with the majestic volcanic eruption taking place in Holuhraun just North of Vatnajokull glacier?

 

In Iceland, the opposite of Rushmore

Impressive stuff. Eruption in Holuhraun could go on for years. PIC Ruv

Impressive stuff. Eruption in Holuhraun could go on for years. PIC Ruv

Just when things could not get worse, they get worse. Someone, somewhere decided Iceland could use a lot more tourists than it already has.

Team Total Iceland can attest to the fact that few things on this planet are as stunning to witness first-hand than a volcanic eruption.…

 

Only in Iceland: volcanic eruption AND a hurricane

Smoke from the fissure at Holuhraun lavafield just North of Vatnajokull glacier. The eruption is small and if continues will be a fine „tourist“ eruption. PIC mila

Smoke from the fissure at Holuhraun lavafield just North of Vatnajokull glacier. The eruption is small and if continues will be a fine „tourist“ eruption. PIC mila

It is truly a wonderful world is it not? People in the Northeast of Iceland have this morning been able to witness two major events at the same time and totally free too.

 

Perhaps the silence before the storm in Iceland

The beautiful Askja lake hides the destruction here when a huge eruption happened here in 1875. PIC Lev Glick

The beautiful Askja lake hides the destruction here when a huge eruption happened here in 1875. PIC Lev Glick

Living in a country positively bursting with energy the people of Iceland are routinely reminded to expect the unexpected. Which is why some people believe the tremors and rumblings beneath Vatnajokull glacier lately are but a suspenseful preview of dramatic things to come. 

 

In Iceland, a remote barren wilderness suddenly turns magical

Glacier with a view. Picture taken from Dyngjujokull glacier over the area in question. PIC StevenInLeighton

Glacier with a view. Picture taken from Dyngjujokull glacier over the area in question. PIC StevenInLeighton

Driving the horrible dirt track called a road into the Askja / Kverkfjoll area of Northern Iceland is a lesson in natural diversity if there ever was one.

 

Hell in Iceland is actually pretty romantic

The gate to hell. Víti crater and surroundings is a must see in Iceland. You can even take a dip in the warm water (the black dots seen in the water are actually groups of people). PIC Zanthia

For the truly wonderful things in this world you always have to go the extra mile.

 

Missing the big picture in Iceland

Sharing thousands of square kilometres with no one but the foxes and the birds is very possible in the Hornstrandir area in the Western fjords of Iceland. PIC bjarnit

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune should at no time leave Iceland without visiting the places that really put Iceland on the map of most beautiful countries of the world.