Part of Reynisfjara Beach Remains Closed

Vala Hafstað

The easternmost part of Reynisfjara beach, South Iceland, will remain closed to tourists indefinitely, according to post on the Facebook page of the South Iceland Police. The decision was made at a meeting this morning of representatives from the South Iceland Police, the Icelandic Met Office, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, the head of the district council of Mýrdalshreppur, several landowners, and the operators of Black Beach Restaurant.

This part of the beach was closed on Monday, after rock fells from Reynisfjall mountain, injuring a few tourists. The next morning, a large landslide occurred, leaving a wound in the mountain, but injuring no one.

The area will continue to be monitored and cordoned off, but police have had to put up new police tape daily, since ocean waves ruin part of the tape every night. Warning signs will be put up, and signs on trails down to the beach will be modified.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, there is still a risk of landslides in the south slope of Reynisfjall mountain.

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