Get an eyeful of Eyjafjallajokull

I’m probably tempting fate, talking about Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the dark days of the ash cloud. On the other hand, it’s peak season for cruises to Iceland and I’ll bet it’s the first topic of conversation for anybody cruising to Reykjavik.

So why not splash out on a scenic flight over the volcano, ash plume permitting? Several cruise lines, including Voyages of Discovery, Azamara, P&O Cruises and Fred. Olsen, offer a light aircraft flight of an hour and a half, zooming in low over the smouldering beast. Amusingly, P&O’s website is the only one I visited that acknowledges the recent eruption; the others word the description of the tour as though nothing had ever happened.

Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupting/Shutterstock

Eyjafjallajokull in full flow in May 2010

The flightseeing tour (which costs £200 upwards) is undeniably breathtaking and you’ll see other unpronounceable geological features, like Tindfjallajokull, Blahnjukur and the river Jokulgilsa. And the volcano Hekla, of course, reckoned to be the next Big One, Eyjafjallajokull having merely been a supporting act.

Meanwhile, in preparation for your visit, check out Cruise Critic member FlyerTalker’s cringe-worthy volcano humour here!

And for the armchair traveller, here’s a webcam, which shows Eyjafjallajokull itself, steaming peacefully. For now.




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3 responses to “Get an eyeful of Eyjafjallajokull

  1. BRYAN

    I’d do it in a heart beat.

  2. I’m with you on that one, Bryan — am visiting Reykjavik next weekend and am going to check out the possibility. Stay tuned!


  3. I’m on the other side of the fence unfortunately. Having had my flight home from New York cancelled (when we had a bit of a family emergency going on at home and I couldn’t be there), I have no love for Eyjafjallajokull!!! I understand it was all Mother Nature but I don’t want to rub my nose in the chaos it caused when it first erupted back in May by taking an excursion to go and visit it. No thank you very much

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