Volcano adventure #2

There’s no doubt that the erupting volcano in Iceland will bring a much needed boost to the country’s economy. Lots of jobs are benefiting – and being created – because of the lava flowing to the east of Grindavik. From the helicopter pilots charging a fortune for a flight over the crater to the restaurant and hotel staff catering for international tourists, there are plenty of winners from the natural spectacle.

We didn’t see any spewing lava the first time we visited the site because the mountain was quiet. But the second time yielded better results. After a climb up a hill facing the volcano, our hearts were dampened by the weather. The typically changeable Icelandic conditions had gone from being warm and sunny to cold and rainy with thick mist in just a few minutes. And with this change came pretty low visibility.

On our way up the mountain it became clear we stood little chance of getting a good view. But then a different sense got us all excited – we started to hear the eruption.

The fearful, violent fizzing and sloshing came suddenly as we approached. It was Jaw dropping. Although we could not see where it was coming from, you could get a real sense for the power of the volcano through the nose and tell it was a thick liquid by the way it was splashing back down after being fired out. Like nothing else I’d heard, this was the sounds of both beauty and death.

And then the mist parted- just a little – and we got a glimpse. A glimpse of an Orange colour so strong, so vivid that it will stay with me for ever. Not the Orange you see on TV and magazines when they show pictures of lava. This, in real life, was a deeper and more alive Orange than I thought existed.

The mist returned, and we headed back down the slope. But we would be back for the best of our volcano visits.

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I'm a writer who contributes to newspapers and magazines on a regular basis and has also published several outdoor guides to the Peaks, Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. I write educational material for multiple publishers and have just finished writing my first book for Bloomsbury - out in 2019. My new Peak District Year Round Walks is out now.

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