November 23, 2000
We sat down on the lava and we were advised to dig around. Only a hand's depth below the surface the lava was still warm 22 years after the eruption. The lava is hot enough that village woman make loaves of bread and bury them in the lava to bake.
There's a garden nearby the volcano that was built to show the determination of the Heimaey people to survive the eruption. Spend some time here. It is quite unusual to be able to see so much of a volcano--although my greatest impression is that of acres of black, black lava without detail.
From journal Heimaey Island, People of Incredible Strength and