There is no way you go to Iceland and don’t think about volcanoes. The island was created from volcanic activity—its 30 volcanic systems are in varying stages of active, including such current high-alert volcanoes Katla, Hekla, and Öræfajökull.
We stayed in hotels named for volcanoes. There are lava fields everywhere. The tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia meet in Iceland. It is BONKERS to see this stuff.
Which means, of course, that I’m now obsessed with volcanoes. Today I offer two volcanic options for you.
Option 1: Literal Volcano Knowledge
For those thinking about geology that goes bang, I enjoyed this completely straightforward podcast from the smartypantses at Stuff You Should Know. How Volcanoes Work is 33 minutes of magma, mantle, crust, and all the pressure you can handle.
Option 2: Hollywood Volcano Movie
Yeah, it’s Dante’s Peak. I somehow missed this Pierce Brosnan/Linda Hamilton movie, which is stacked up with 1997 special effects that are kind of charming to see all these years later.
Tagline: “The pressure is building.” I can’t wait to see if the volcanologist Pierce Brosnan is going to persuade everybody that the big one is finally on the way. Maybe he does persuade the whole town to pack up and go. I dunno—maybe this is a FEMA evacuation movie?
It’s available on a variety of platforms—see the options here.