Who Should not Visit Eruption Site: Words of Warning
Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying heart and lung conditions are advised not to visit the eruption site in Fagradalsfjall mountain, Southwest Iceland, a Facebook post from the Suðurnes chief of police warns .
“The area is not appropriate for small children,” the statement warns. “They are sensitive and closer to the ground than others and, therefore, more exposed to dangerous gases.”
In addition, heavy metals and the accumulation of fluoride can cause surface contamination of soil, snow and runoff. Such contamination is the highest right by the eruption site. Therefore, people should avoid bringing their dogs to the site, since fluoride could be present in puddles from which they drink, and the dogs’ proximity to the ground exposes them to gas pollution.
Parking vehicles on Suðurstrandarvegur road is prohibited, the post reads. They must be parked in designated areas south of the road.
“Between midnight and noon, no first responders are in the area to monitor gas pollution and respond to accidents,” the statement warns. “Anyone planning to visit the area before noon should keep that in mind.”
Hikers are urged to dress warmly. They are, furthermore, urged to observe the eruption from the surrounding elevated areas to avoid pollution from gases – in particular when winds are calm. Having the wind at your back is essential for the same reason.
It is essential to avoid the area defined as a danger-zone. See here .
Gas pollution levels can be looked up on loftgaedi.is .
Iceland Monitor advises you to check safetravel.is for conditions before your visit, as well as our essential list .