“It is the smallest eruption that I have seen in my lifetime but also by far the coolest,” commented Benedikt Bragason at the tour operator Arcanum. He is offering ski-doo tours across Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the source of the eruption on Fimmvörduháls.
From a ski-doo tour on Mýrdalsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“We travel to Fimmvörduháls three times a day,” Bragason told mbl.is. Between 20 and 40 people are on each tour. He explained that this is a new opportunity for tourism and still under development.
Bragason traveled to Fimmvörduháls in clear weather on Wednesday to check out the circumstances, which proved good enough to launch the first tours on Thursday. “The interest is immense. My phone never stops ringing.”
It takes about an hour to drive on ski-doos across the glacier to Fimmvörduháls. Tourists stop for an hour to observe the eruption and the unique lava fall. Then it takes an hour to drive back. The tour costs EUR 345 (USD 464) per person.
The weather forecast is good for the coming days, wind from the north and clear weather on the glacier.
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