So here is my highlight from 2019. I ventured inside a volcano in Iceland! It is the only volcano in the world where visitors can take an elevator and safely descend into the magma chamber. It was a very stormy day and the journey was wet, cold and tiring, but in the end we made it and I was awe-struck standing down there in the crater.
Þríhnúkagígur volcano is dormant – it last erupted over 4,000 years ago. There are no indications of it erupting again in the near future. The volcano’s name, mostly unpronounceable for anyone other than locals, would be directly translated as ‘Three Peaks Crater’.
The crater mostly consists in the various colors found inside it, and its enormous. The ground space is almost three full-sized basketball courts big and the height would easily fit the Statue of Liberty in. So it is huge for such a small rhino!
The magma chamber is often referred to as the heart of a volcano. It’s there that the liquid rock waits to find a way through to the surface, causing a volcanic eruption. In most cases, the crater is usually closed after the eruption by cold, hard lava. Þríhnúkagígur volcano is a rare exception to this, because the magma in the chamber seems to have disappeared. It’s believed that the magma solidified in the walls or quite simply retreated to the depths of the earth.
Well, as I said, a place no rhino has been before!
With Love Stompie!