People Hike Across Ash Wasteland at Eruption Site

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People Hike Across Ash Wasteland at Eruption Site

The hiking path across the Fimmvörduháls mountain ridge is now open and hikers have begun crossing the new lava created by the eruption on Fimmvörduháls and the ash emitted during the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull.

Fimmvörduháls during the eruption. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It was strange to wake up in sunshine and calm weather in the green Thórsmörk (a highland valley) and then hike up there to see these obscure circumstances; steam is rising up from every hillock and you could even look straight into the red magma at one place,” described Snorri Gudjónsson to Morgunbladid, who made the trek with his friends and family on Sunday.

“We walked on brand-new lava and on top of it was ash from another volcanic eruption—it was unbelievable,” Gudjónsson said.

There was heavy rainfall during the hike up to Fimmvörduháls but the rainwater turned into steam as soon as it hit the ground which is still warm because of the volcanic activity underneath. The steam created a special atmosphere, the hikers said.

“When we came down again into a green grove and sunshine, it was like a dream in our memories, it was so absurd to be in this black environment with rain and fog and then enter this green world again,” Gudjónsson added.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has yet to be declared officially over but the volcano has been quiet lately.

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