Half-Buried Homes on Heimaey

The viscous lava produced by Eldfell rolled slowly into the town of Vestmannaeyjar in early 1973. This and the heavy fall of ash and tephra destroyed some 400 buildings and also threatened to close the entrance to the harbor — base of operations for a quarter of Iceland’s annual fishing harvest. The harbor and parts of the town were saved partly by luck and partly by a heroic effort to cool the advancing lava front with water pumped from the sea. The eruptions ceased barely 2 months before my visit, in September 1973. Our tour took us to see a group of ruined, half-buried homes on the edge of town.

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Half-Buried Homes on Heimaey

  1. Lois says:

    I had heard about this place when I visited Iceland last year so it was wonderful to see your photos!

  2. Tim Messick says:

    Thanks, Lois. I would love to visit Iceland again some day too.

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