ICELAND: Volcano Tourism is Hot says USA Today

ICELAND: Volcano Tourism is Hot says USA Today


For a while there, you couldn’t turn on the news or watch a comedy show without seeing a reference to Iceland’s virtually unpronounceable volcano and its once-in-a-lifetime eruption. On one day alone, there were over 16,000 news stories about the eruption, according to a Google search. Today sent Al Roker over to cover it; a Saturday Night Live skit imagined Bjork singing to Eyjafjallajökull; and David Letterman quipped, “The big volcanic cloud from Iceland is making its way over to New York City. They say that the city’s air quality is actually improving.”

Icelanders were amused by the media’s attempts to simply prononuce Eyjafjallajökull. For the record, we say it like this: EY-ya-fyat-lah-YO-kull.

Of course, despite what the wags say, it’s really not our fault. We told you all along we’re the land of “fire & ice.” We weren’t kidding. We didn’t create the country’s 130 volcanos, nor its 10,000 waterfalls, or abundant oceans teeming with the world’s freshest fish. We just get to live in Iceland, doing our best to harness clean hydro, hydrogen and geothermal energy. Doing our best to keep things as pure as when our Norse forefathers first moved here.

Thousands of tourists seem to agree that a volcanic eruption is one of the greatest shows on earth. “…it reminds us of the majesty of the earth,” says author Simon Winchester, whose book Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 recounts a cataclysmic volcanic blast off the coast of Java (see USA Today, www.

Now as the volcano seems to have simmered down, reservations for summer travel have reached unprecedented levels. In fact, one Colorado couple, Jacob and Barrett Lucero, are even taking their honeymoon in Iceland.

Information provided by Iceland Tourism