Yet Another Volcanic Eruption

Screenshot of a video shot from an Icelandic coast-guard helicopter.

During the night, just before 03:00 local time, there was an increase in seismic activity near the town of Grindavík. Soon after an immediate evacuation was ordered. At 07:57 a volcanic eruption began near the town.

The inhabitants had been allowed to return after the end of the previous eruption but many had yet to do so. There had already been signs of activity and the town was supposed to be evacuated by Monday.

As I write this, the lava-flow is about 450m (about a third of mile) from the edge of town.

The best way to keep of with news of the eruption is at the RÚV (Icelandic state radio and TV) website. They also have webcams near to the eruption site.

Home Alone

Two tales about the perils of being left home alone during Yule.

[Today, December 22. 2023, there is currently no volcanic eruption, that might change soon.]

My Cursed Ancestors

In the 17th century, Iceland was thrown into a panic about witchcraft. My ancestor Einar Nikulásson lived through almost the exact period of the “age of burning” and has gone down in folklore as “Galdrameistari” or “master of sorcery”. These stories also implicated his descendants, especially Þórarinn Einarson, Jón Einarsson and Einar Jónsson (the last two are also my ancestors).

This episode explores these stories and the reputations of these real men, earned and unearned.

The Shield Maiden's Wrath

A Winter in Iceland 1834-1835

The Dog Days King

The English Dane by Sarah Bakewell was my main source for Jörgensen’s later life in Tasmania.

A Spotify link to the album Eitt sumar á landinu bláa, from the musical about Jörgensen, performed by the band Þrjú á palli.

An online version of the book Journal of a tour in Iceland in the summer of 1809 by William Jackson Hooker.

Scottish Plans for the Annexation of Iceland by Anna Agnarsdóttir (pdf).

An article in Icelandic by Bragi Þorgrímur Ólafsson on the changing perception of Jörgensen in Iceland through time.

An Icelandic book that includes much of the original source material: Sjálfstæði Íslands 1809.

A thesis project, in Icelandic, outlining a pitch for a television series about Guðrún Einarsdóttir Johnsen.

Was Murdered

Sledgehammer Judgements from an English Poet

Icelandic Food and Cookery by Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir (mentioned in the episode) is a great source of information and Icelandic cuisine.

Goldie Locks and Beardie

Iceland's Only Serial Killer

A Mazing Tale

Yule - Not Christmas

Iceland has thirteen Yule-Lads, a cat which eats children, strange songs and a long colorful history of celebrating Jól.
Continue reading “Yule – Not Christmas”

Smoke by the Water

This is the story of Reykjavík but also about how Iceland was discovered. Continue reading “Smoke by the Water”