Heimaey Island, Vestmannaryar, Iceland

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by bobhoge, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. Heimaey Island is the only inhabited island in Vestmannaryar about 4 miles south of the Iceland coastline. In 1973 there was a very large eruption of the Eldfell Volcano. It happened in the middle of the night and all 5000 inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland in less than 4 hours. Luckily the entire fishing fleet was in the harbor so boats were available immediately. I understand that no lives were lost.

    The lava flow threatened to close off the harbor, which would have ended any way to live there. They used all the pumps they could find in Iceland to pump seawater onto the lava near the harbor to form a dam to divert the lava away from the harbor entrance.

    Entering the harbor:

    Part of the lava dam by the harbor waterway:


    Significant parts of the town were destroyed by the lava and everything was burried in the ashfall:

    The crater from town:

    Looking back at the town from the crater of the volcano, there was more town to the right of the buildings still standing:

    Hiking into the crater:

    Bob & Nan
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