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Öræfajökull the Volcano

Increased activity in the largest volcano in Iceland.

A few facts about the largest volcano in Iceland

  1. Öræfajökull is the highest peak in Iceland. 
    Everything about Öræfajökull is big. It is located in Vatnajökull national park, the largest glacier in Europe. The highest point on Öræfajökull is 2.110m high. 

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  2. The largest Volcano in Iceland
    Öræfajökull is so large that you could fit Snæfellsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull inside Öræfajökull at the same time.
  3.  Popular hiking route in the spring.
    The top of the Volcano is called Hvannadalshnkúkur. The journey to the top is a difficult but popular hike for people looking for an adventure. The view from the top is amazing and some people bring their skis along. 

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  4.  It has erupted twice since the land was settled.
    The first person to settle in Iceland was Ingolfur Arnarson in the year 874. Since then Öræfajökull has erupted twice, in 1362 and 1727. The first eruption was a major eruption and the farms by the glacier were destroyed. After that eruption the name of the area was changed to Öræfi which means deserted land. 
  5. Ash cloud
    If it erupts then it can spew as as high as 30km into the air similar to the famous eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. The reason for the ash cloud is because the lava has to melt through the ice before reaching the surface.