The Meradalir eruption site is closed today, Monday, August 8, due to bad weather and poor conditions on the trail, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management has announced. Crews will use the time to repair the main route, known as Hiking Trail A. Access to the eruption site will be reopened tomorrow, August 9, at 10:00 AM.
Suðurnes police emphasise that no search and rescue crews will be on duty today at the eruption site to respond to emergencies.
At least five times larger than last year’s eruption
The eruption in Meradalir began on August 3 at 1:18 PM. While it is at least five times larger than last year’s eruption in nearby Geldingadalir, it is still considered a relatively minor eruption. Currently, the lava flow is not threatening roads, infrastructure, or inhabited areas.
The hike to the eruption is challenging and not for those who are inexperienced or unprepared. Gas poisoning is a risk that visitors need to be aware of, and staying upwind from eruption fumes is crucial. The site was closed yesterday due to gas pollution.
Read more about visiting the Meradalir eruption.