The banned area around the eruption site on Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland has now been decreased. The Ring Road, Iceland’s number 1 highway, which leads past the glacier along the southern coastline, is now open for traffic.
The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Benedikt Jóhannesson.
Openings were made to the road near the Markarfljót bridge to prevent the bridge from being damaged in the flooding during the first days of the eruption. The road has now been repaired but drivers are asked to be careful as the repairs are only temporary, visir.is reports.
Furthermore, the road to Sólheimajökull, a sub-glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, is now open and traveling on Mýdalsjökull is permitted, although the westernmost part of the glacier remains off-limits.
The road up the Fimmvörduháls ridge is closed and no one is to access the immediate area around the Fimmvörduháls eruption site. The eruption there ended on April 12, two days before the new eruption in Eyjafjallajökull began.
It is impossible to drive to the highland valley of Thórsmörk; six kilometers of the road leading to the valley have disappeared.
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