Photographer Ragnar Axelsson (aka RAX) made this third flight over the Holuhraun eruption on Monday. He told Iceland Review that compared to his two previous flights, the eruption looked very similar in size but that “there was more haze in my pictures, it looked like there was more gas in the air. We will see if I am right. I saw scientists near the new lava when I flew over.”
RAX said that the scientists arrived at the site by helicopter. “I saw no tracks on the ground. It looks like the heavy snowfall in last days has completely closed the road to Holuhraun.”
So far, costs related to the eruption, such as research and monitoring, have totaled close to ISK 700 million (USD 5.7 million, EUR 4.6 million), as stated in the government’s parliamentary bill on supplementary budget for 2014. ISK 135 million of the amount covers the cost of the police, ISK 72.5 million the scientists from the University of Iceland and 66 million the Icelandic Met Office, kjarninn.is reports.