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Tourist Hotspot Skaftafell Reopens after Eruption

By Iceland Review

The major tourist attraction Skaftafell, which is part of Vatnajökull National Park, was reopened for visitors today after a temporary closure due to the volcanic eruption in Grímsvötn—the first travelers have already arrived.


Svartifoss waterfall is one of the reasons for Skaftafell being frequented by tourists. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The area was evacuated and closed on Saturday evening when the eruption began. During the eruption, Skaftafell was subject to heavy ash fall. Extensive ash cleanup took place there today and yesterday, or ever since the Ring Road reopened, reports.

The park ranger and other employees of the national park were assisted by municipal employees from Höfn and two volunteers from search rescue teams to clean the ash. National park employees expect everything to be business as usual in a few days.

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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