Volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajäkull on Iceland

Many staff members of Jena-Geos®-Ingenieurbüro GmbH are walking on the footsteps of Geology during there leisure time.
Already in the year 2001 two teams of the company documented the Vulcano eruption of Ätna. Nobody was surprised that the area manager, Mr Jörg Schmidt wanted to observe the current volcano at close range.

The eruption started at 20th of March 2010 around Midnight at the pass Fimmvörðuháls. That is situated between the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and glacier Mýrdalsjökull. It is the youngest Eruption of a fissure vent.
Spontanously Mr Schmidt booked a flight, a Hotel, a car and a snowmobile. Finally at 29th of March 2010 he was standing at the Eruption area.
The following fotographs are taken by him and his daughter.

Drive by car over the Mýrdalsjökull
The last 40 km with speed up to 60 km/h with a snowmobile
Warm and windproof clothes are necessary for staying outside for several hours
Volcano observable – little break
Characteristic clouding above the eruption area
400 m distance to the Volcano, black coloured glacier because of Ash and Lapilli
Reaching the object of field trip
Fissure eruption with more than 50 m high lava fountain, delivery rate: 20-30 m³/s
Danger of falling rocks by turning wind direction
Determination of geographical position with compass and GPS
Fire and Ice – Lava fountain in front of the Eyjafjalla-Gletscher
Effluent of Lava into the chasm Hrunagil