The 1973 lava - landscape and features

Bleak landscape. Eldfell towers over its recently erupted lava. The bus stands on the apron of new lava which extended the island of Heimaey by about 2.5 square kilometres in 1973. Thick ash covers the lava in many places.

New land demands new lighthouse. The 1973 lava pushed the coastline outwards for a considerable distance.

Production line. A total of 2.3 square kilometres of lava was extruded through this outlet from the main eruption crater (Eldfell). Today the solidified channel can still be clearly seen.

Gleaming light reflects off the sea into a lava cave. The sea is constantly eroding the ash cover from the lava, revealing features like this and making it a treacherous area to walk on.