According to CNN Iceland is the top place in the world to spend Christmas. The main advantage of spending the holidays in Iceland is that you get 13 presents from the Santas. That’s because we have 13 different “santas” in Iceland who come from their mountain hideout one at a time in the 13 days before Christmas.
I came across this fantastic set of pictures taken by photographers Lindsey Blatt and Paul Taggart. Apparently they are working on short film and photography project to document the herding of the Icelandic Horse. Check out the projects website Herd in Iceland.
The latest activity around the Grímsvötn volcano in the middle of the giant Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland indicates that an eruption may be expected soon. The glacial river Gígjukvísl that carries meltwater from around the volcano has recently flooded perhaps relieving the pressure off of the volcano. Coinciding with this is increased earthquake activity.
The conditions in and around the volcano are exactly the same as when it last erupted in 2004. The magma chamber is currently expected to be full up to it’s brim and pressure is building up.
Eruptions and earthquakes are nothing new in Iceland and there is no reason to panic. For most Icelanders the news of an eruption in any of the well established volcanoes is simply entertaining and a good reason to go and get a good view of it. Earthquakes are daily occurrences in Iceland as can be seen on the picture of the seismology in Iceland in the past 48 hours.