Volcanologist and Vibram Five Fingers fan James is reporting on the Icelandic volcano for the Reykjavik Grapevine (grapevine.is). James is a volcanology student and may offer a different perspective on the eruption than other media outlets. He was recently able to gain access to the restricted zone of the Icelandic volcano. When asked whether his KSO Trek Vibram Five Fingers withstood the heat, James responded:

There was nothing that hot down there, just a lot of ash! The VFFs turned totally grey but I cleaned them off and gave them a quick rinse (with some baking powder to hopefully neutralise any acidity from the ash) last night and they seem just fine now. 🙂

Being that close is insane. The view from the foot of the mountain is amazing, the quiet is totally surreal (only broken by the rumbles of thunder from inside the plume) and inside the ash fall area is just choking and quite unpleasant, but you are still overcome by the other wordly beauty of it all somehow.

The volcano fills the air with clouds of ash on a beautiful day in Iceland.

Thanks James and we will be holding your feet to the fire for more updates!

The name of the volcano now erupting in Iceland is the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. I guess that is why it is usually referred to as the “Icelandic volcano”.

More photos after the jump:

More photos of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano