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Lava Flow Heads for Idyllic Iceland Valley

The lava flow from the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörduháls mountain pass is flowing fast down the Hrunagil canyon and heading straight for the green highland valley of Thórsmörk, which is surrounded by glaciers and is a popular outdoor recreational area.

The lava flow seen from air. Taken yesterday by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

“There is a continuous flow of lava,” geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson told Morgunbladid. The lava has now flowed one kilometer.

Snow and ice in Hrunagil has melted away to a large extent so not as much steam is created as in the first days of the eruption; which means a clearer view.

A large number of native and foreign tourists is expected in the region today and in the coming weekend as the weather forecast is good.

Local police in Hvolsvöllur have therefore been given reinforcement from the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and the Selfoss police department—six police cars will be patrolling the area, guarding people’s safety.

Thurídur Aradóttir, marketing and promotion director of the Rangárthing ytra municipality said a base camp is being set up by the farm Fljótsdalur, the innermost farm in the Fljótshlíd countryside, in collaboration with the Icelandic Road Administration.

The camp will be completed before the weekend. “We are trying to ease the burden of the people who live on the farm so they won’t get the entire flow of tourists straight up their farmyard,” Aradóttir explained.

Click here to read a Daily Life column about Thórsmörk.

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