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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

29 May 2017 - Iceland Day 4: Eyjafjallajökull Erupts and Skógafoss

While on our way to another waterfall, Skógafoss, we stopped by Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Visitor Centre.  This was a timely stop as the rain was really heavy at that moment.
If you remember in spring 2010, a volcanic eruption has caused havoc throughout Europe whereby about 100,000 flights were cancelled during the first week of eruption. The owner of the farm, which is situated at the foot of the volcano, opened this Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Because it’s at the foot of the volcano, visitors feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders.
There is a small movie hall that repeatedly runs a short film portraying the spectacular natural event, and the hectic times and incredible challenges met by the family farm of Þorvaldseyri. 
After the show, we walked around the visitor centre viewing the many exhibits.
From the visitor centre, we could see the farm at the foot of the volcano across the road.
Next, we drove to Skógafoss, another popular waterfall where visitors to Iceland will not miss.  As it was still raining, Jerlene and Javier preferred to stay in the car.
The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a width of 15m and a drop of 60m.
Beside the waterfall, visitors can climb up 500+ steps to view the the waterfall from the top.  We did not do the climb as it's going to take a while and we did not want to leave the kids in the car for too long.
Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. However, due to the rain, we could see none.  :(
Due to the rain and strong wind, we quickly took some pictures and left for our next destination.

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