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Eldhraun 1

Eldhraun 1

Further west of Vík, closer to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Highway 1 passes through the Eldhraun, a massive lava field up to 40 feet thick. It was created during one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in recorded human history, the 1783-84 eruption of Laki. In addition to spewing out hundreds of square miles of lava, it killed twenty percent of Iceland's population and blotted out summer weather for most of Europe. Today the area is a surreal plain of jagged rocks, thick moss and virtually no humans.

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