The Fagradalsfjall volcano near Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, erupted for the first time in 800 years. Thousands of curious onlookers flocked to the volcano to see the red lava flowing out of the volcano.
Agence France-Presse reported that a volcano in the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland erupted last Friday (March 19) and grey clouds dyed the night sky.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is located about 30 kilometers southwest of Reykjavik and can be reached on foot from the nearest road in 90 minutes.
The volcano is about 40 kilometers away from Reykjavik and can be reached by walking along the nearest road for 90 minutes.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” said the 21-year-old engineer Johansson, who hiked to the vicinity of the volcano on Sunday and watched. He said, “It smells bad. For me, what’s surprising is the orange color of the lava. It’s much deeper than people think.”
In addition to hikers, some people even rent helicopters to hover on the top of the volcano to watch the scene after the eruption.
Experts say that although the eruption is considered relatively small and under control, so far, about 300,000 cubic meters of lava have been gushing from the volcano.