1783- The deadliest volcanic eruption in human history and the start of the French revolution and modern democracy
Just over 200 years ago, a large volcano, Lakagígar, erupted in Iceland wreaking widespread havoc. The eruption lasted for more than 8 months, spewing lava and poisonous gases into the atmosphere. The eruption devastated Iceland, ultimately killing 25% of Icelanders and decimating farms, but widely impacted other nations. The haze of dust and sulphur particles emitted from the volcano carried over much of the northern hemisphere, having a dramatic effect on the world´s climate and crops. In fact, some say that the famine that followed in France became a major factor in the build-up to the French Revolution of 1789.
The eruption shaped the region as lava flooded over a large area in Iceland creating a massive lava field named Eldhraun. This part of Iceland has unique natural wonders and therefore we decided to build our hotel here. While basing yourself at Magma Hotel, you can plan thrilling day trips exploring glaciers, volcanoes, pseudo craters, canyons and glacier lagoons.