Surtsey volcano, Iceland, is a small oceanic island that grew from the sea floor during basaltic eruptions from 1963 to 1967. The island and its surroundings have been protected since birth as a pristine habitat for the study of earth and biological process. Surtsey became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

New drill cores will show how mineral and microbial changes have progressed in still hot basalt 50 years after the final eruption in 1967. This blogspace hosts photographs and videos taken by the Surtsey team. Explore the menu bar to experience the progress of scientific research as if you were here!

The Palsbaer Hut on Surtsey is the center of organization for the drilling operations, meals, and communal life. Check out the “DRILLING OPERATIONS ON SURTSEY” tab in the main menu to learn more.

Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar Island, is the site of the core processing operation of the new Surtsey drilling project. Visit the tab “CORE PROCESSING OPERATION ON HEIMAEY” to explore what it takes to catalogue and preserve potentially fragile core for scientific research.

Interaction with Media has been and continues to be a very important part of the new drilling project on Surtsey. Find documentaries, news reports, and articles in the “MEDIA” tab of the main menu. The above photograph was taken by Sigurdur Thorarinsson in 1963 and is the featured image in a Nature News article about the new drilling project. This news article can be found in the “MEDIA” tab.


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An in-depth look at the science and support involved in the project can be found at the following web-pages.

Surtsey Research Society Website:

UNESCO World Heritage Site Website: