Photo Friday: A Visit to Volcano Museums in Iceland

Like millions of other travelers, Gísli Pálsson found that his travel plans were stymied by the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s glacier-covered Mt. Eyjafjallajökull, which canceled transatlantic flights and generated a glacial meltwater flood. As a professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland, Pálsson responded to the inconvenience in a creative way– by starting a project called Volcanologues, in which he and others affected by the eruption share their stories.

As part of Volcanologues, Pálsson recently visited two museums that opened after the eruption: the Lava Center at Hvolsvöllur, and the other on a farm named Þorvaldseyri, as part of the “Eyjafjallajökull Erupts” tour. Check out his pictures, read this piece he wrote for GlacierHub, and start dreaming up your own visit to learn more about this historic eruption.

Watch footage of the glacial flood caused by Mt. Eyjafjallajökull’s eruption:


A visitor experiences the magnitude of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption (Source: Gísli Pálsson/Facebook).
This mural depicts, in its words, the “island mountain glacier volcanic eruption” (Source: Gísli Pálsson/Facebook).


Visitors learn about glacial outburst floods (Source: Gísli Pálsson/Facebook).


The farm Þorvaldseyri is near Mt. Eyjafjallajökull (Source: Gísli Pálsson/Facebook).


A museum representation of the lava flow (Source: Gísli Pálsson/Facebook).