Mt. Hekla is among the best known volcanoes of the world. It is situated on a 25 miles long volcanic fissure and is about 3 miles long and about 1500 m. high. Hekla's major eruptions are close to 20 during historic times and minor eruptions in its vicinity about 25. Eruptions in Hekla have time and time again destroyed or caused damage on the surrounding farms and farmland. Repeatedly, rivers of snarling incandescent lavas have poured down the slopes to spread over the relatively flat terrain below. The most recent eruption was in the year 2000. In the middle ages, many Europeans believed that Hekla was one of two known entrances of Hell. The other was believed to be Stromboli. The easiest way up to the top is from the north. On a fine day, the view from up there is exceedingly fine.