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Tourists catch a selfie by the edge of the new lava flowing from the crater in Geldingadalur on the Reykjanes peninsula
Photo: Golli. Tourists catch a selfie by the edge of the new lava flowing from the crater in Geldingadalur on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Authorities Reopen Access to Reykjanes Peninsula Eruption Site

The Suðurnes Police Commissioner, in cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Response, has decided to reopen access to the eruption site in Geldingadalir. The weather conditions are improving and the Icelandic Meteorological Office has set up a weather station in Geldingadalir to monitor the weather in real-time. They are also working on strengthening real-time monitoring of toxic gases at the edge of the new lava. Due to these procedures, the Commissioner considers it acceptable to keep the area open in the coming days and weeks but warnings will be issued if air quality or weather conditions are unfavourable.

People who intend to visit the eruption are encouraged to gather information on the latest weather forecast and be prepared for staying outdoors for long periods of time. Most people spend more time than they think by the eruption site as it’s a glorious spectacle. People are also encouraged to bring external phone batteries as phone batteries get depleted quickly when taking photos and in cold weather.

There’s always a danger of gases collecting in depressions and hollows and therefore it is not advisable to cross such areas at the edge of the new lava. It’s better to stay in the mountainsides above Geldingadalur.

The Department of Civil Protection urges people to keep up individual infection prevention in the crowd by the eruption in light of the recent surge in domestic COVID-19 infections.

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