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Stranded Travelers Get Free Visitors’ Pass in Reykjavík

Travelers who were grounded in Iceland because of canceled flights were given a free Reykjavík Welcome Card at the tourist information center on Adalstraeti in downtown Reykjavík as compensation—the center was crowded yesterday.


The tourist information center. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Keflavík International Airport has been open today but the situation is reassessed every six hours, as stated in a press release from the Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF).

According to the latest ash distribution forecast, the airport might have to close again tonight, not because of new ash but rather because of the ash that is already in the atmosphere—closure depends on which way the wind is blowing, reports.

Travelers are asked to pay close attention to updates on the airport’s website.

SAF contacted hotels in Reykjavík yesterday and there have hardly been any cancelations for the summer, although it is clear that some trade will be lost this month.

SAF also asked its partners in the eruption zone what authorities could do to help and people generally replied that a major cleanup once the ash fall is over is the most pressing task.

Click here for general information about the eruption in Grímsvötn from Promote Iceland.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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Follow for further news updates of the eruption. If you have any photos of the current Grímsvötn eruption and would like to see them published, please send them to [email protected] and [email protected].

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