So I finally managed to find time to upload some of the photographs we took from our excursion into the ash cloud last weekend.
We set off around 6 pm and drove to Selfoss, where we grabbed some dinner. We set off again around 8 pm and drove east, towards Skógar. It was a gorgeous evening and the eruption looked magnificent in the evening sun.
The ash cloud was pretty thick, though, and went as far as the Westman Islands — the mountains you see there in the distance.
Things started to look more and more ashy, the further east we travelled.
We stopped by the farm Þorvaldseyri, the one made famous by this photo. It was all very gray, and felt quite oppressive.
The hay bales were covered in ash.
And some of the colours were amazing.
Skógar was like a ghost town, the air thick with ash. It rained down on my jacket, as you can hear in the video I made. All sounds were muffled in there, much like after a fresh snowfall at night.
It was quite a relief to get out of there. We decided we wanted to drive up into to Fljótshlíð valley where you can normally get a good view of the eruption. EPI suggested we turn north from the Ring Road and take the old Markarfljót bridge. I was dubious; I seemed to remember it had been damaged during the first surge of flooding, after the eruption started. However, there was no sign, so we drove across VERY carefully …
Only to get to the OTHER SIDE and find a DO NOT ENTER sign strung up across it, preventing people from entering. YIKES!! You can believe we beat a hasty retreat [although not TOO hasty…].
By the time we got to Fljótshlíð it was 1 am and too dark to get a decent picture. The last good picture of the eruption was this one, taken just before we arrived at the aforementioned bridge.
All in all, a fantastic adventure. The full set of pictures is available here [remember you can choose the Slideshow option].
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