Eruption Site Accessible Again – Volcano Bus from Reykjavík
The Suðurnes chief of police has decided to reopen access to the eruption area on the Reykjanes peninsula today, mbl.is reports. Weather conditions are improving, and the Icelandic Met Office has installed a weather station near the eruption in Geldingadalur, Fagradalsfjall mountain, to make it possible to follow the weather in real time.
Work is underway, as well, to improve real-time measurements of gases at the lava’s edges, according to a statement from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.
For this reason, the chief of police deems it safe to keep the area open in the coming days and weeks. He adds that warnings will be issued in case air quality deteriorates or the weather forecast becomes unfavorable.
There is always a risk of volcanic gases accumulating in hollows, or low-lying areas. Therefore, people are advised to watch the eruption from the surrounding hills and avoid hiking into the valley.
In light of an alarming increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the Department stresses the importance for people to exercise caution and to do what they can to prevent the spread of disease.
Reykjavík Excursions has announced that starting today, it will be offering return transfer to the area, leaving from BSÍ bus terminal, Reykjavík. Departure is planned at 4 pm today, and the cost is ISK 4,990 for the roundtrip. Departure from Reykjanes is planned at 11 pm. The hike to the site takes between an hour and a half and two hours each way.
Parking has been a problem in recent days for those who have come to watch the eruption.
A Volcano Bus ticket can be booked here .
If you’re planning to visit the area, please read this advice first.