Iceland opens volcano museum

Iceland has opened a museum dedicated to the Eyjafallajökull volcano, whose ash cloud brought air traffic grinding to a halt a year ago and forced stranded tourists to find other transportation. Stories of 3.000 euro Taxi rides where not uncommon.

The volcanic landscape around Eyjafallajökull is now safe and open to those who want to see the dramatic changes the ash cloud caused to the area. These include the spectacular Gigjökull glacierfall, which formed from Eyjafjallajökull’s melted ice cap and the striking black and white glaciers. Tourists can also journey to the eruption site, 700 metres above sea level, for panoramic views over volcano tops and the Atlantic Ocean.

A new exhibition centre opens on April 14, the anniversary of the eruption, at a farm, which lies at the base of Eyjafjallajökull.

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