Hekla Desolation   Iceland

Hekla is the most active volcano on Iceland, erupting most recently in 2000. It is a foreboding and desolate area with warnings throughout that another eruption could occur any day. Hekla is Icelandic for a short hooded cloak which may relate to the frequent cloud cover on the summit. After the eruption of 1104, stories, probably spread deliberately through Europe by Cistercian monks, told that the mountain was the gateway to Hell. It has also been called the prison of Judas and there is still a legend that witches gather on the volcano for Easter. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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