Day 134

May 14, 2010

I couldn't leave before checking out what all the fuss was about.

As we were driving out of town, the cloudy sky didn't look very promising

The first glimpse of the gray ash cloud, hidden behind ordinary clouds.
If you look closely you can see that the horses are kicking up ash from the grass. Poor little guys. My dad told me that they dust the ash off the grass with their nuzzle before eating.

As we drew closer I started to understand the enormity of the ash cloud. That day it was a few kilometers high. In comparison, the waterfall in the foreground is around 60m (200ft).

More ash on the ground as we drew closer. It started to get darker as well, as we were driving into the ash fall. We could hear it on the car window as falling rain.

And that's as far as we went, this is the view from the highway.

Wider angle, on the right you can see how the glacier has been colored black by the ash. I really feel for the people living out there.

Another farm covered in ash.

The sky was clearing up as we were driving back.

My dad with the cloud in the background.

The car got pretty dirty from the ash fall.

See you soon Iceland.

J.  – (May 26, 2010 at 3:40 PM)  

What a horrible situation.
Thanks for these! First time I've caught a glimpse like that.
Those poor people. And the animals! It's not safe at all, is it. :(

Anonymous –   – (May 26, 2010 at 9:35 PM)  

and you also feel for your baby sister who got stuck in Vestmanneyjar with the ashcloud.

Claire  – (May 26, 2010 at 10:55 PM)  

It is very impressive!!!
Great shots!

solveig  – (May 27, 2010 at 12:48 AM)  

Yes it's been quite a situation, I hope it's getting better now.

And yes baby sister, I was really sad to hear about your gymnastics trip :(

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