Hekla - the eruption of 1970 at Skjólkvíar

In 1970 an eruption occurred on the northwest flank of Hekla. Such eruptions have occurred before. They tap the lower flank parts of the magma chamber where the composition is basaltic. A considerable volume (0.2 cubic kilometres) of aa lava crept slowly forward and was easy to access so that many people turned out to watch.




the road follows the 1970 lava edge (118Kb)



looking across the 1970 lava (107Kb)