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Dettifoss Open Again After Eruption

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Dettifoss Open Again After Eruption

Dettifoss waterfall

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Following the declaration that the half-year-long volcanic eruption at Holuhraun is over and that seismic activity at Bárðarbunga is greatly reduced, the northeast Iceland police have decided to lift their ban on access to Jökulsárgljúfur.

Jökulsárgljúfur, just north of the Route 1 road, is where Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, tumbles down. It is up to 100 meters wide and drops by 40 meters.

Despite the lifting of restrictions, visitors are still encouraged to take great care in the area and not stay long in the canyon itself, as well as making sure their mobile phones are charged and switched on, mbl.is reported.

According to a statement from the Civil Protection Agency, the area around Holuhraun remains off limits and a decision on whether to remove that restriction will be taken early next week.

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