Skiing in Iceland
23rd April 2010
It’s in the news (no need to say why) and skiing there at the moment is proving problematic. By chance a group of journalists were about to ski the volcanoes when EyjafjallajÃ¶kull erupted.
Megan Michelson is a writer for the US ski magazine, Skiing, and below recounts her story.
She was with some other journalists from the USA and Europe testing some ski equipment and ski touring.
They were planning to climb and ski the biggest volcano in Iceland, 2,110-meter Hvannadalshnjúkur, which near Eyjafjallajökull.
Their trip was somewhat altered.
“I was waiting in the Denver airport getting ready to board a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, for a ski-touring trip to test gear with Black Diamond Equipment and a group of American and European journalists.
Sure, we knew we were heading to an island covered with volcanoes (one of which erupted two weeks ago after 200 years of dormancy), but we had no idea that our trip would coincide with one of the biggest volcanic eruptions the country has seen in a long time.
The day we arrived in Reykjavik, the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano erupted a few hundred miles from the city.
The news stations in our hotel covered the explosion, but we couldn’t see any signs of the ash or smoke in the air-the wind was blowing it all south toward Europe.
We were planning to climb and ski the biggest volcano in Iceland, 2,110-meter Hvannadalshnjúkur (don’t even bother trying to pronounce that), which is on the southern shore of the island not far from Eyjafjallajökull.
But the eruption shut down the road that accesses the southern shore-and the ash and smoke were severe enough that the explosion closed all the airports in northern Europe, which is making international news around the world.
Instead, we tried to ski a nearby peak called Hekla, a 1,491-meter-high volcano that is also due to erupt any day now.”
For the rest of this story see here
See below for further blogs and information about how the trip turned out.
There is further information about her trip on this Fox News story.