Katla

when a large and very active strato volcano is situated underneath a glacierit we can expect dramatic events. There have been many large phreatic eruptions in Historic time with accompanying catastrophic floods, which have added new material to the Mýrdalssandur.

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Katla and Katla - the volcano and the witch


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The last definite eruption of Katla was in 1918 when it erupted for almost a month and much of the black sand which the main coastal road crosses is from this time. A possible small eruption occurred in 1955. The general view is that this central volcano is topped by a caldera, the rim of which which can be seen in the accompanying photograph. The photograph below is taken from the sea looking northwards and is a composite of two images. (hence a slight innaccuracy in the centre). The town of Vík can just be seen to the left.