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Path Across Iceland Eruption Site to Reopen in June

It is assumed that the hiking path across the Fimmvörduháls ridge where the volcanic eruption between March 20 and April 12 took place will reopen in June. As the volcano spurted lava over 300 meters of the path, it was uncertain whether this popular route would be passable for hikers this summer.

The eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“We don’t see any obstacles in marking a new path where the lava flowed over Brattafönn. However, the new lava may be sharp-edged and therefore it is important that people stay on the marked route,” managing director of the Icelandic Touring Association (FÍ) Páll Gudmundsson told Morgunbladid.

Gudmundsson said that both the members of FÍ and the travel association Útivist find it important that the route across Fimmvörduháls remains open. Approximately 10,000 people hike this route every year—it is among the most popular treks in Iceland.

The hike leads from Skógar in south Iceland to the highland valley of Thórsmörk. In the flooding caused by the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier, a six-kilometer part of the road to Thórsmörk disappeared.

Gudmundsson said the Icelandic Road Administration is aware that repairs of the road are important, as Thórsmörk is such a popular destination for travelers. Another popular hiking route, Laugavegur, leads from Thórsmörk to Landmannalaugar.

“Thórsmörk has largely been spared from ash fall and the same applies to Laugavegur. We are therefore optimistic that the summer will be good for traveling in this area although farmers around here have suffered financial damages, as have the farmers below the Eyjafjöll mountains,” Gudmundsson added.

Click here to lead more about the Fimmvörduháls hike.

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