Eldfell - new mountain (1973)

the 1973 eruption started as a fissure of 1.5 km length, but by February was confined to one area where Eldfell now stands. The mountain is still very hot and solutions precipitate salts of various kinds.


the eruption fissure today, running southwest from Eldfell. Small craters can be seen , but these did not develop.

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Eldfell seen from the top of the older Helgafell


summit group in the fog


the mountain remains hot due to cooling intrusive rocks underneath. Around the crater rim there are precipitates such as sulphur and compounds of iron, sulphur and silica