Image: Ólafur Ólafsson
Descending into the magma chamber
The first person to descend into the volcano was cave explorer Arni Stefánsson. Amazingly, he describes his first visit as disappointing. “I came looking for beauty, but I found ugliness,” he says. And it was enough to keep him away for 17 years. However, when he finally did make a second trip, Stefánsson found the experience completely different. Perhaps it was because he took better lights and spent more time exploring the volcano second time around.