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Reykjanes Eruption: Lava Cuts Off Main Hiking Path

By Yelena

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Photo: Almannavarnir/Facebook. Lava flows over Trail A to the Geldingadalir eruption site, June 2021.

Lava is now flowing across the main hiking path to the Geldingadalir eruption in Iceland, which has been ongoing for nearly three months. Both of the marked paths to the eruption’s active crater were closed yesterday after lava began flowing across the main trail. The secondary trail, which is open today, is more challenging for hikers, as it’s both steeper and slightly longer. Vísir reported first.

Third Path Being Marked

The secondary path, known as trail B, is open to visitors today. Gunnar Schram, Chief Superintendent of Suðurnes Police stated the path is suited to more experienced hikers than trail A, which remains closed. Authorities are currently marking a third, new trail to the eruption and trail B will remain open to the public until it is ready.

For less experienced hikers, Gunnar suggests visiting Nátthagi valley, which is being filled with lava from the eruption. “It’s quite an experience to walk into Nátthagi, where the lava flows down into the valley,” he stated.

Located on the Reykjanes peninsula, the eruption in Geldingadalir began on March 19 and shows no signs of stopping. Experts say there is no way to predict how long the activity will last.

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