So, Eyjafjallajökull has been behaving reasonably well for the last few days, meaning that it seems to have ejected most of its ash stockpiles for the time being and is now emitting lava like a good little volcano. The lava, I’m told, is running to the north and is melting ice which is causing a small increase in the volume of rivers, but nothing more.
Not to say there hasn’t been any ash around — both Reykjavík and Keflavík airports were closed yesterday due to volcanic ash haze and tourists were being ferried hither and thither, to Akureyri or Egilsstaðir and sometimes back again because by the time they got there the airport was closed. Flights were back to normal today, but tomorrow apparently they’ve brought a couple of flights forward since there is uncertainty about ash levels in the late afternoon. Still, flights ARE getting in and out of the country, which is a huge relief.
It’s been heartwarming to see how many volunteers have turned up to help the farmers in the Eyjafjallajökull area clear the ash from their buildings and property. RÚV had a segment on the news yesterday that showed people in the rain clearing the ash that is like thick, gray mud and which one volunteer remarked was “pretty much how you’d imagine troll shit to be.” The volunteers came from the Red Cross, a 4×4 vehicle club, and a group that was set up on Facebook called [in English] Help the farmers under the Eyjafjöll mountains. A very cool initiative that already has around 11,000 members.
Meanwhile, potential tourists to Iceland have been busy cancelling their summer vacations, or not booking them at all. Which I guess is probably understandable – after all, Eyjafjallajökull sure did yell BOO! in a big way. People are probably thinking they might get here and never be able to leave again. Or worse, get here and have to say Aye-ya fyah-dla jow-kudl in every other sentence.