Before you read this journal, read the preface—my Utah entry

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I can’t believe I actually took a trip to Iceland! A place at the very top of my bucket list. 

 We needed to make up for our lost Utah project. Utah was supposed to be the project that would secure funding. I was devastated I was when I found out that it was lost. Despite the feeling of devastation, I start planning our next trip almost immediately after being told that our Utah project was gone. 

 Where could we go to make a bigger and better project? Also… What location won’t break the bank? I knew that this would be the last project that I could self-fund. This next location has to be amazing! It also had to be relatively inexpensive, with a great story.

iceland

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 When I began research on places to visit, I was surprised at how cheap it was to travel to Iceland. Also, there was an interesting story here…

volcanoes

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice—a natural wonderland where the freezing forces of glaciers and arctic weather are in constant battle with the explosive heat of the earth. It is a beautiful place—a place that would not be here without volcanoes. So, I thought it would be a good idea to learn more. 

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Yes, volcanic eruptions formed the landscape that we see in Iceland today, but how do they affect our planet and culture as it relates to weather? How is life for those who live very close to volcanoes?

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To better understand this story as it relates to weather, you have to think about the formal definition of weather. Weather is the state of our atmosphere at a given place and time as regards to heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, etc. When volcanoes erupt, they have a direct impact on the state of our atmosphere—the spewing ash from an eruption can actually create a storm! This is because all the ash particles that are thrown up into the atmosphere are good at attracting/collecting water droplets. Rain, thunder, and lightning can all be found during an eruption. This can also have a significant effect on the things we do in our everyday lives. In this episode of Join The Adventure, we talk a lot about how the spewing ash effects air travel. 

 eyjafjallajokull

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Eyjafjallajokull is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland. The volcano that lies underneath the icecap has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010—which is referred to the eruption that stopped the world. 

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On March 20, 2010, Eyjafjallajokull began spewing molten lava in an uninhabited area in south Iceland, after being dormant for 180 years. On April 14th, 2010, after a brief intermission, the volcano resumed erupting from the top crater in the center of the glacier. The renewed eruption caused massive flooding, which required an evacuation of 800 people. This second eruption threw volcanic ash several kilometers up in the atmosphere. That led to air travel disruption in north-west Europe. The disruption lasted for six days, from April 15th to April 21st, that stranded thousands of travelers. 

I won’t give too much from our latest episode away in this journal. 

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From here, we’ll focus more on behind the scenes. Learn more about where we traveled while on location, keep reading.

landmannalaugar  

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Landmannalaugar is a truly rare area, both geologically and aesthetically. The dramatic region can be found nestled beside the raven-black Laugahraun lava field, a sweeping expanse of dried magma which originally formed in an eruption in 1477. We took a guided super jeep tour with Southcoast Adventure, and it was well worth it. The views were unreal. 

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snæfellsnes

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Home to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, at the center of which is a subglacial volcano that towers over the scenery, this peninsula is home to waterfalls, rock formations, beautiful beaches, historic villages, and intricate folklore. This was a necessary stop on our way to the Westfjords. 

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westfjords & dynjandi 

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Our trip to Iceland was amazing. We will be premiering our pilot episode at SCADShow in Atlanta, GA at 7:30 PM. We do not plan to post this project on free streaming platforms (i.e., Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook), as we will shop this pilot around to different networks. Read more about the event here.

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photos by, Jacob Shepherd