The trail to the eruption site in Meradalir has been repaired, making it more easily passable for hikers, RÚV reports. There has been no volcanic activity in Meradalir since last weekend.
Number of visits declined significantly
According to a new assessment report published by the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, the entire trail to the Meradalir eruption site on the Reykjanes peninsula has been repaired.
As noted in the report, visitors to the eruption site have decreased dramatically over the past week: approximately 1,000-1,500 people currently visit the site on a daily basis, compared to 3,000-4,000 previously.
In light of the decrease in foot traffic, the presence of response parties has been reduced. Police officers and paramedics handle patient transport in the area, in the event of accidents, and search-and-rescue works will continue to collaborate with response parties over the weekend to ensure the transfer of responsibilities. The further involvement of search-and-rescue parties in monitoring the area will be assessed next week.
Eruption possibly over
The report also notes that since no volcanic activity has been detected at the eruption site since Sunday morning, the Meradalir eruption has likely come to an end. The Meteorological Office of Iceland, however, is hesitant to make an official statement as of yet. An alert phase is still in effect. The eruption began on August 3.