Continued from Part 1.
The elevator platform looked well-engineered and deploys the safety braking mechanism found in all cable elevators. (Thank you, Elisha Otis.) Sound safety procedures were followed including securing us to the platform via the harness.
The first batch of four was gently lowered into the crater, the descent to the floor 120 metres below taking around 10 minutes. On the way down it got very dark very quickly, and this combined with platform shake was not conducive to still photography.
On the floor of the magma chamber I quickly put my tripod to work. These colours are the handiwork of Nature, not the Photoshop Saturation slider.
We spent around 45 minutes on the floor of the chamber. Back at the base station we were offered coffee and a light meal with a choice of traditional Icelandic lamb soup (Kjötsúpa) and a hot vegetarian item that was inscrutable but delicious nevertheless.
Before our trek back I chanced upon Árni Stefánsson, the man behind the Inside the Volcano enterprise. “This is a world heritage site,” he intoned. I wanted to tell him that the whole of Iceland (minus the unsightly jumble that is Reykjavík) is a world heritage site.
Splendid! Now I want to visit Iceland and do “Inside the volcano” once before I die. Also all the while I was reading the post I was imagining how much fun will it be with Samarth also accompanying me, asking million questions all the while. But that will have to wait for nine years at least, official age for the tour is 12+. 🙁
Rajan, your brilliant compilation of photos and information is the next best thing to being there.
You capture the essence of the place.
Thanks for the efforts and SHARING !
I am sure Iceland Tourism Dept would consider reimbursing your expenses 🙂
Rajan, that was an amazing job of handheld shooting! Had it been me viewers would have succumbed to motion sickness.
What a great show ! The only thing is, that now people know my age ! 🙂