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Environmentalist Thinks Tourists Should get Closer to Icelandic Eruption. Video

Icelandic environmentalist and media personality Ómar Ragnarsson says that tourists are missing a lot because the closed area around the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is much too large.

Photo: Bjarni Brynjólfsson/Iceland Review

“Yesterday the eruption was magnificent,” Ragnarsson said in his blog (in Icelandic) on blog.is. “Even though the weather was cloudy, the eruption was impressive to all onlookers.“

He goes on to say that the sight would have been even greater from the top of Eyjafjallajökull, but that is impossible, since the area is closed to all traffic in a 16 kilometer radius.

“There are many places on the glacier completely safe. There is no reason to block people from experiencing this unique eruption from up close“.

Ragnarsson is very well known in Iceland as a reporter and in later years as one of the leading environmentalists in the country. He started out as a comedian in the early 60s and still performs on occasion, but nowadays he mostly writes about the environment and other issues. He has also made many videos for TV of natural phenomena from his plane, for he is also a pilot.

The accompanying video comes from reuters via mbl.is.

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