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Travel Association Discusses Access to Eruption

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Travel Association Discusses Access to Eruption

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Members of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association met in Akureyri yesterday to discuss cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection and other supervisory authorities on organizing trips to the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands.

The association would like to see the ban on entering the area lifted. There is a strong demand for tours to the eruption.

Managing director of Visit North Iceland Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, told RÚV that they discussed choosing a viewpoint, in cooperation with the authorities, to which tourists could be taken without their safety being put at risk.

The dangers include toxic gas pollution as well as ashfall and flooding in the case of a sub-glacial eruption.

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