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Mid-Summer Hikers Head for Eruption Site

Due to conditions on the Fimmvörduháls ridge, where the volcanic eruption from March 20 to April 12 cut through a popular hiking trail, hikers with tour operator Útivist will not go on their conventional mid-summer tour across the ridge, but rather approach the eruption site from Thórsmörk.

Fimmvörduháls during the eruption. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Managing director of Útivist Skúli H. Skúlason said that although the trail has been reopened, conditions on top of the ridge are difficult with a layer of ash covering wet snow, Morgunbladid reports.

It was therefore considered safer not to lead such a large group across the ridge; 200 to 300 people usually participate in Útivist’s mid-summer hikes.

Skúlason said the most convenient path across the new lava on Fimmvörduháls has been found and members of Útivist and Ferdafélag Íslands, another hiking tour operator, will mark it in the coming days in consultation with the Environment Agency of Iceland.

Skúlason said it is important to direct hikers along a certain path across the lava to minimize the risk of accidents and damage to the new landscape.

There has also been some ash fall on the popular hiking trail Laugavegur between Landmannalaugar and Thórsmörk.

“Now we just have to do a rain dance and, if we are successful, I’m optimistic that there won’t be much ash drift because then the finest dust is washed into the ground,” Skúlason said.

Click here to read about a mid-summer’s hike across Fimmvörduháls.

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