Tourists Crowd Glacier in Spite of Warnings

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Tourists Crowd Glacier in Spite of Warnings

Sólheimajökull glacier

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A number of tourists were reported in the area by Sólheimajökull glacial tongue in South Iceland yesterday in spite of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civic Protection Department warning people against traveling there due to a minor glacial outburst flood and dangerous gases in the air.

“I was surprised how many tourists were there, probably several hundred walking up to Sólheimajökull, and only a few of them were aware that there was a reason to be concerned,” Kristján Már Unnarsson, reporter for Stöð 2 was quoted on visir.is.

RÚV reported that many of the tourists were traveling with Icelandic travel agencies, hiking up the glacial tongue.

Kristján added that the strong wind in the area blew the smell of sulfur away and he didn’t believe the water level in the Jökulsá river was higher than usual.

Police in Hvolsvöllur stated that it wasn’t forbidden to travel to the glacier, even though it wasn’t recommended under the circumstances.

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