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New Highland Road Will Avoid Volcanic Lava

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New Highland Road Will Avoid Volcanic Lava

Photo: Institute of Earth Sciences.

A new road will be marked out this summer near to the site of the Holuhraun volcanic eruption. The driving track will replace the old route which was lost under the lava.

All off-road driving on the new lava is strictly forbidden, as off-road driving is all over Iceland, but a Vatnajökull National Park ranger told RÚV that a hiking path will be marked out in the area as soon as geologists allow.

In order to drive from Drekagil, past Askja, and on west to Gæsavötn, one has to drive on mountain route F910 and then the road over Flæður—a route often called Gæsavatnaleið. However, the recent longstanding Holuhraun eruption saw lava cover the road and Gæsavatnaleið is currently completely closed.

While the old highland driving route will likely never be the same again—needing to permanently circumnavigate the new lava field—park rangers hope to start allowing people to explore the lava on foot as soon as it is declared safe to do so.

The lava is, however, very rough and dangerous, so a safe footpath will need to be marked out before people are allowed to explore.

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