Increased Force in South Iceland Volcano

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Increased Force in South Iceland Volcano

Increased force was reported in the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörduháls in south Iceland yesterday evening. The weather was clear and the eruption could be seen from different locations, including the Fljótshlíd countryside and Laugardalur valley.

Fimmvörduháls is popular for hiking. Photo by Örvar Atli.

“It’s facing us here from Fljótshlíd. The fire columns reach high into the sky and we see a red glow. Right now I can see four fire columns and the traffic here on the countryside road is heavy. I find it amazing that I can watch it out through my kitchen window,” farmer Jens Jóhannsson at Teigur in Fljótshlíd told Morgunbladid last night.

Jóhannsson said he is not afraid of the eruption but is watching out for possible fluorine pollution which could prove dangerous to livestock, especially sheep.

Tomorrow and in the coming days, travelers will be able to observe the eruption from air:

Tour operator Nordurflug will offer helicopter trips from Hótel Rangá for ISK 35,000 to 50,000 (USD 269-384, EUR 202-288) per person, depending on the length of the flight.

Thyrluthjónustan will offer helicopter trips from Skógar for ISK 25,000 to 43,000 (USD 192-330, EUR 144-248) per person and Nordic Visitor offers customized eruption tours.

A good view can be obtained from the mountain Thórólfsfell (595 meters), which towers above the innermost farm in Fljótshlíd, Fljótsdalur. There is actually a live webcam from Míla on top of the mountain.

Search and rescue association Landsbjörg (ICE-SAR) urges people to respect the police’s and rescue teams’ guidelines on which areas are closed.

Only experienced winter hikers can go up to the Fimmvörduháls mountain pass. The hike from Skógar takes around five hours. All traffic up the pass is prohibited—two jeeps got stuck there yesterday and had to be rescued.

If people want to reach the eruption zone by traveling across Mýrdalsjökull glacier, it is important to follow the conventional track.

Click here to read more about safety guidelines. When in doubt, contact ICE-SAR.