The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
However, the road will remain closed to general traffic due to risk of flooding and gas pollution from Gígjökull, an Eyjafjallajökull glacial tongue, Morgunbladid reports.
Currently, it is only possible for modified jeeps to access Thórsmörk but only those who have special permission and a sound reason to go there can enter the valley.
“We consider it safe to open the road for scheduled bus tours. However, jeep traffic will be banned and one option is to establish a sturdy fence somewhere near the old bridge across Markarfljót,” said Skúli Skúlason, managing director of the travel association Útivist.
Skúlason said many groups have booked accommodation in the cabins in Thórsmörk and Básar in the near future, including hikers who enter Thórsmörk after having hiked the Laugavegur or Fimmvörduháls route.
It is important to meet the needs of these people and provide accommodation for them, Skúlason said. It isn’t safe to camp while the eruption is ongoing due to risk of ash fall.
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