Nautagil Ash Layers at Sunset

Following the ash path along the slopes of a volcano at sunset the landscape is barren. Mounds of lava are natural obstructions that need to be navigated. Their variety is amazing from puffy pillow effects to gloppy areas of flow as well as sharp rocks spewed out under pressure.

Mount Askja in the east of the Icelandic Highlands last erupted in 1875 and continues to mumble and grumble away. During its lifetime it has erupted a number of times with ash and lava building up in stunning patterns and layers.

As time passes the harsh cold winters and extreme weather has eroded the surface to reveal patterns, a story of the volcanoes past exposed for those who take the time to explore.