In 1362 this volcano erupted explosively, devouring every settlement within reach. Post-event the zone became known as Öræfi ([ˈœːraivi ]; Insane place)†.
During our visit to the site last October, we sensed a sudden subterranean shift take form below us. Strong tremors were arising from the depth beneath the summit crater.A seismic jolt to the head, I felt we needed to know more about this archaic colossus and its ability to unleash total destruction upon the human epoch. #anthropocene
So, we drove south to meet and interview Bergur Einarsson, an expert in the field of megafloods and wilderness emergency response.
The interview turned out to be an intense encounter. Convinced that the volcano is showing signs of reawakening; he detailed a sequence of awful events awaiting the settlement.
† The word öræfi is used to denote wilderness, desolation and a place without a harbor. The word is probably composed of the prefix ör- which is mainly used in a negative or implied harsh meaning, and hóf (moderation, fit, something appropriate, suitable). Adding the negative prefix -ör the true meaning assumes the form of "something obscene, irrational, insane place".