There was a piece about Icelandic music and stories  on BBC Radio 4 Extra children’s radio, June 15th with the singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir talking about her attachment to Tove Jansson and her ‘Moomin’ stories. She provided a song for the 2010 Moomin stop-motion film ‘Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti’.

SADCARS!

Sadcars claim to be the cheapest Icelandic car rental, offering good solid cars at the lowest possible prices from Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik downtown.

Well they’d have to be with a name like Sadcars, I mean what were they thinking about?

Maybe the parent company is called Useless Icelandic Trucks, and they also hire out ugly bikes and dull cottages?

Anyway, they do have a competition going on which is how they came to our notice here at Katla.org.uk and you can win a free trip to Iceland, which is a very cool prize indeed. It’s a photo competition with a social media twist to it. You have to set up a facebook profile page with a picture or video from a wild adventure you’ve had while travelling anywhere, then the ones with the most likes get judged and the winner gets this:

The trip to Iceland includes flight for 2 persons*, a car from SADcars, the camping card, a tent and exciting day tours.

Icelandic Car Rental Competition

The Lagarfljótsormur, Lagarfljotsormurinn, Lagarfljót worm or simply Iceland Worm Monster( or Iceland’s Loch Ness Monster ) is an Icelandic lake cryptid. The worm is purportedly located in Lagarfljót Lake, a freshwater, below-sea-level, glacial-fed body of water in Egilsstaðir.

The water visibility is incredibly poor as a result of siltation, and the creature–if it does exist–has not been scientifically studied.

Sightings have been consistently logged since 1345. There are many stories about kynjaskepnur, that is, strange animals or unknown phenomena, in Lagarfljót.

The worm-like creature is presumed to be longer than a football field, or 300 feet (91 m), and has been seen coiled near the shore by countless eyewitnesses.

According to reports, it has been spotted in both water and dry land. It is believed that it can slither onto land.

This video is from IRíkisútvarpið RÚV – The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service

http://www.ruv.is/frett/er-thetta-lagarfljotsormurinn

RÚV informed me that this video was taken by a farmer called Hjörtur Kjerúlf

Hjörtur Kjerúlf captured the giant, icy snake swimming in the Jökulsá í Fljótsdal river, which empties into Lake Lagarfljót.

The footage shows a crocodilian-like creature or a giant snake skimming the water surface of a frozen lake. But Reptiles in cold climates?

This graphic, educational volcano video was shot by @lilashrink at a tweetup in Harpa, Reykjavik.

Takk Hjörtur explains the consequences and frequencies of various Icelandic volcanoes erupting including Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, Hekla and Laki.

Explained is the relationship between eruptions of Katla and Eyjafjallajokull and some other Icelandic volcanoes.

There are plenty of volcanoes in Iceland.

Have you ever wondered what’s going on with all of these Icelandic volcanoes? Is it true that the eruption of one volcano can trigger another one to start up? Which of the big ones is really likely to erupt soon and which ones are not at all likely? Most importantly of all – how do you pronounce them!

A massive flood of meltwater poured out of Iceland’s Myrdalsjoekull glacier on Saturday July 9th 2011, raising fears of an eruption from the powerful Katla volcano underneath, but experts said a large blast was unlikely.

At around 3:00 am (0300 GMT) … we had a glacial meltwater runoff from underneath the glacier

said Evgenia Ilyinskaya, a volcanologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

The giant flood took out a bridge and part of the main road that circles Iceland and prompted evacuations, but there were no reports of injuries.

A glacier from the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap

 

The flooding sparked fears of an eruption at Katla, known to be one of Iceland’s most powerful volcanoes and located just southeast of Eyjafjallajokull, notorious for last year’s flight-halting gigantic ash cloud.

But experts said geothermal heat, and not an eruption, might be the culprit behind the flow of meltwater.

There is always meltwater because there is geothermal heat under the glacier. So the meltwater builds up and finally floods down, While we can’t say for sure there was not a small subglacial eruption that caused it, we don’t see any signs of it coming up to the surface.

And according to Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, the floods had begun subsiding by Saturday afternoon.

There are two possibilities: it is a volcanic eruption, and then it seems to be a small one, or it is only geothermal water. If there has in fact been a small subglacial eruption, this doesn’t seem to be the large eruption that people have been waiting for at Katla.

Katla, which is named after an Icelandic witch and said to be 10 times more powerful than Eyjafjoell, last erupted in 1918, sending a wall of meltwater down the glacier, bearing ice chunks the size of houses, and blanketing southern Iceland in thick ash. According to experts, the volcano, which is also located to the southeast of Grimsvoetn which was behind Iceland’s latest eruption in May, is overdue for a powerful blast.
The seismometres had meanwhile gone crazy at the time the so-called river-run occurred, and Ilyinskaya hinted that the activity at Katla may actually have caused sensors around the Hekla volcano, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) east of Reykjavik, to indicate in recent days an eruption there could be imminent.

“It’s not unlikely that the activity we saw there was actually caused by the Katla glacier. They’re pretty close,” she said, adding that measurements around both volcanoes now seemed calm.

Webcam pictures and slideshow of the first minutes of the Grimsvotn volcano eruption in Iceland, and some of the suppoed end of it all. For the time being, anyway. Nobody really knows when the next eruption will be, or if it will Katla next time.

The Birth and Death of a Volcanic Eruption – Grimsvotn Volcano 2011 – Raving Ravens
http://www.ravingravens.com/blog/2011/05/the-birth-and-death-of-a-volcanic-eruption-grimsvotn-volcano-2011.html

Though it was short, it managed to produce the same amount of ash in 36 hours as Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted last year, did in 40 days. And it managed to ground airpolanes, at least for a few hours in Scotland, Denmark, Norway and Germany.

Apparantly there’s still some possibility of European flights disruption as the remains of the volcanic ash cloud continues to drift southwards but it all depends on the changing weather patterns. At least for now, the volcano is not adding to the ash cloud, only some residual steam.

Ash from Iceland’s Grimsvötn volcano could affect Heathrow Airport in the UK by the end of the week

Ash cloud moves towards UK airspace (General)
http://distributedresearch.net/blog/2011/05/23/ash-cloud-moves-towards-uk-airspace

If airspace in western England, Ireland and the Atlantic is affected by the smoke plume transatlantic flights in and out of Heathrow could suffer delays later this week as planes are diverted around the most dense parts of the cloud.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority said it was confident that a new Europe-wide safety regime introduced after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption last year would reduce disruption significantly and avoid the continental shutdown that stranded millions. Under the new operating procedures, it is understood that the effect of last year’s plume on commercial routes would have been 75% smaller.

Nonetheless, some disruption is expected as airplanes divert around the heaviest parts of the cloud. According to the latest forecasts, Inverness and Aberdeen are the most likely airports to suffer disruption tomorrow, although the most accurate estimates can only predict six hours ahead.

A lot depends on the weather, wind direction and the Grimsvotn Volcano continuing to erupt.

Great photos of the ash from the new Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland, but will the ash cloud disrupt air traffic in Europe again? 

Probably not , yet.

The First 24 hrs of the 2011 Grimsvotn Volcano Eruption in Pictures – Raving Ravens
http://www.ravingravens.com/blog/2011/05/the-first-24-hrs-of-the-2011-grimsvotn-volcano-eruption-in-pictures.html

It’s been 24 hrs since the eruption in Grimsvötn Volcano in Vatnajökull glacier started. It’s not as picturesque as the previous eruptions last year, but here are some of the pictures that have been caught from the eruption and the ash fall south of the glacier.

(via Instapaper)

Andy Roberts

Iceland’s imposed a flight ban and closed its main airport after the country’s most active volcano, Grimsvrotn, erupted. It lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland and has been dormant for 7 years. A large plume of smoke and ash is stretching 20 km into the air. Iceland’s Meteorological Office says that the eruption at the Grimsvotn volcano has been accompanied by a series of small earthquakes. Scientists have been expecting a new eruption and have said previously that this volcano’s eruption will likely be small and should not lead to the air travel chaos caused in April 2010 by ash from the Eyjafjallajokul volcano.

Volcanic Activity Causing Tremors in Saudi Arabia

PARIS – 30,000 minor earthquakes recorded between April and June 2009 in western Saudi Arabia are due to volcanism, according to a study just released by the journal Nature Geoscience.

The largest of these earthquakes had a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale, damaging buildings in the Al-Aissa and prompting authorities to evacuate 40,000 people.

According to U.S. and Saudi geologists, ground deformation detected by satellites, the signature of seismic waves and depth, everything points towards a volcanic origin of these shocks.

They had also produced on a former site of solidified lava called Harrat Lunayyir.

In the divide by 8 km long, which has expanded from 45 cm during this series of earthquakes, magma snuck. He came so close to the surface that the risk of volcanic eruption “in the coming decades” have increased, according to John Pallister (USGS), the main author of the study.

But the risk is low and, even in cases of eruption, the lava flow is slow, lay immediately to specialists.

“An eruption, if it occurred at Lunayyir pose little risk given the expected type of volcanism on this site and the remoteness of the area led” volcano, told AFP John Pallister.

“There is a low probability of earthquakes causing severe damage in association with this type of activity,” does he want to highlight, warning against exaggerated fears.

On the scale of a human life, volcanic eruptions are rare in Saudi Arabia, because they occur at intervals of several centuries, the best known back in the year 1256.

But on a geological scale, volcanism in Saudi Arabia is a modern phenomenon, said John Pallister.

“Several areas of recent lava characteristics (a geologist), including deposits covering the Neolithic sites,” he told AFP.

The tremors registered last year Harrat Lunayyir occurred in an area previously regarded by experts as seismically and volcanically inactive, some 200 km from a large active area of the earth’s crust beneath the Red Sea.