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Volcano Enthusiasts Crowd South Iceland Town

The traffic through Hvolsvöllur in south Iceland, the town located closest to the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörduháls mountain pass, was particularly heavy this past Easter weekend because of all the tourists traveling to see the eruption.

The volcanic eruption is quite the tourist attraction. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

An indicator west of Hvolsvöllur showed 25,979 trips from Maundy Thursday on April 1 to the Second Day of Easter on April 5, compared to 11,999 trips during Easter last year. This is an increase of 143.4 percent between years, Fréttabladid reports.

The most significant increase in traffic occurred during the first four days of Easter. On Maundy Thursday last year, 2,631 cars drove past the indicator on the highway west of Hvolsvöllur, while the indicator showed 6,242 vehicles passing by on Maundy Thursday this year—an increase of 137 percent.

Click here to read more about people flocking to the eruption site and here to read about Top Gear shooting an episode there.

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