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A few kilometres from Skogafoss, going east on the Ring Road, is the Thorvaldseyri (in Icelandic, 'Ţorvaldseyri') farm and Visitor Centre. Most members will remember the volcano which exploded in 2010, Eyjafjallajokull, and caused air travel to cease all over Europe. The farm shown in the photo lies under the volcano, which itself lies under a glacier. The explosion caused the farm to be completely covered in ash, and the family to evacuate immediately.

Within one year, after a huge clean-up job, the visitor centre opened on the farm, and today you can still buy a take-away packet of ash deposited by the eruption. After the eruption the family members faced great difficulty in gaining access to the farm, and I read somewhere that the head of the family had to use an armoured military vehicle to drive slowly back to the farm. Today, the farm, which has been owned by the same family since 1906, is again one of Iceland's most successful canola, dairy and meat producers.

Click HERE to see the photo taken by the owner, Ólafur Eggertsson, as the volcano erupted.


Shutter speed: 1/400
Aperture: f/10.0
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 42mm

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