Tour operators who traveled to the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands last week to determine whether tours could be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6 miles) away from the eruption concluded that the experience was limited from that distance.
“The trip was great but the eruption has become rather small and we are wondering how we can turn it into a tour,” Yngvi Ragnar Kristjánsson, who runs Selhótel Mývatn and Mývatn Winter Activity, told ruv.is.
He traveled to the eruption site with other tour operators to view the eruption at twilight and evaluate the experience. The journey took 12 hours.
“We were hoping that there would be an ember or bubbling lava but we didn’t see anything like that. It’s not the eruption experience people would have had a few months ago,” Yngvi explained.
However, he still believes the tour can be marketed. “To travel this area would make for a very interesting journey. Highlands, new lava, the glow from an eruption and the northern lights.”
The expedition was a result of the closed-off area around the eruption site being reduced—earlier travelers couldn’t get any closer than 25 km from the eruption.
Volcanic activity in Holuhraun is subsiding and scientists believe the eruption might end in the coming weeks.