|View into sea from Vik with an iconic rock structure.|
|Farm at the base of Eyjafjallajokull (snow covered in the background).|
Today, I got to meet a member of one of the families directly affected by this eruption. This farm family erected a visitor center complete with pictures and a movie starring their family around the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. The daughter of the family told me that her father's friend came as soon as the first eruption struck and asked if he could film from their farm (which was on the south slope of Eyjafjallajokull - the eruption took place on the north slope). During the course of the couple of months that Eyjafjallajokull was going off, the family needed to evacuate a couple of times. Their biggest concern was the animals that were being left behind. These animals needed enough food to survive several days without care in addition to making sure the ash did not come into the barns.
|Side of the visitor center for Eyjafjallajokull.|
The video that was created was originally supposed to be a private home movie. After the eruption quieted down, there was still a lot of media attention, so they made the visitor center and included the 20 min video to be shown to the public. She said to date (just over a year later), they have had over 6 thousand visitors which they keep track of in a log book at the cash register. Their farm and family are doing fine (probably more than fine with the extra revenue from the visitor center - which was pretty full when I was there.
After that stop, it was straight to Stokkseyri on the shores of
for a sea kayak trip. It was one of those trips that was billed one way and turned out good, but not as advertised. We did not end up in the fjords, but instead a sheltered bay along the flats & marshes. It was fine since I got a chance to find out more about the area because I was the only one on the trip. Sanni (pronounced like sunny) was my guide and her family have been running these kayak trips since 1995. They lead trips in the ocean and a nearby lake throughout the summer and then spend most of the winter somewhere other than Iceland . Iceland
|Sanni & I dressed and ready for kayaking.|
Once I dried off, I headed back to
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