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7 unforgettable volcano destinations

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 20, 2012, 6:14 p.m.
Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

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Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull became the world's most famous volcano in 2010. It was during that year when its eruption spread across the skies of Europe, grounding planes and stranding millions of travelers. This volcano is located in the stark, icy landscapes of the island nation of Iceland. An ice cap covers much of this mountain. Package tours by road or snowmobile offer tourists and curiosity seekers an up-close look at this powerful but surprisingly scenic peak. Eyjafjallajökull can be visited as part of a day trip from the capital city of Reykjavik. Even as the eruption was happening, tourists were scrambling to reach the volcano to witness the spectacle up close. The ash has long since cleared from Europe's skies, and this easily reached peak remains a popular attraction.