Öræfi / by Kristjan Torr

There have been eruptions and there will be eruptions.
— Bergur Einarsson
 Öræfajökull

Öræfajökull

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.

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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.

 Bergur Einarsson certified  Wilderness First Responder WFR

Bergur Einarsson certified Wilderness First Responder WFR

 

† 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".