Explore Southwest Iceland traveling with complete freedom and flexibility in your own rental car
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Determining the influence of volcanoes to Iceland’s existence would be similar to determining the influence of eggs in an omelet. Iceland formed from an eruption on the ocean floor 20 million years ago, and is still one of the most volcanic hotspots in the world. This is due to the island’s location along the Mid Atlantic Ridge where the N. American and European tectonic plates are being pulled apart, causing continuous volcanic activity.
On average, Iceland experiences an eruption every five years, but fortunately only rarely where anyone lives. It has been estimated that a third of the planet’s total lava flow over the past 500 years comes from Iceland.
There are over 100 volcanoes on the island, 35 of which are active. From strato-volcanoes to the shield variety, almost every type of volcano exists here and southern Iceland has the highest concentration of sub-glacial volcanoes in the world.
Icelanders have learned to constructively coexist with their fiery friends by harnessing volcanic geothermal power to produce clean, renewable energy to heat homes, businesses and of course lovely outdoor swimming pools.
Although it would take some time to describe all of Iceland’s 100+ volcanoes, there are a few worth mentioning including several ways you can safely interact with volcanoes in interesting ways
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