The reality, which we discovered this morning after renting an SUV and driving out to see it for ourselves, is that Eyjafjallajökull is nearly a neighbor of Reykjavik, only a 2-hour drive out along the southern coast. It towers to the left of Iceland's ring road 1, with the whipping whitecap waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean on the right, and precipitous waterfalls chucking down from cliff tops along the route.
The fields and small farm towns around the area are back to business as usual, their fields green and the sky blue, but such a monumental event as that 2010 eruption has had its effect. The tourism demand has even necessitated the creation of Eyjafjallajökull Erupts, a tiny museum run by the woman whose husband snapped the iconic ash cloud photo.
Wish you were here!
Above: the view on the drive out to the volcano is really, ridiculously lovely on a nice day
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher]