On the beaten path.

With less than 24 hours in Iceland due to a flight cancellation, my ability to do any planning ahead of time to locate a dormant volcano somewhere in Friðland að fjalllabaki park was compromised. I rented what I thought would be a proper off-road vehicle, and with nothing but coordinates I found buried on some ancient online message board, and a pixelated screen shot of google maps on my iPhone, I set off driving aimlessly onto dirt roads into central Iceland with the off chance that I would somehow stumble upon it.. Luckily, somehow I did.

There’s no better feeling.

ICELAND, Vatnajoekull : An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows lava flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland’s second-highest peak and is located under Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. AFP PHOTO / BERNARD MERIC