Still closed to the public
Access to the eruption site will still be closed today and will be evaluated tomorrow morning at 9 AM Monday. This is in an announcement from the Police of Suðurnes today. This is because the safety of the first responders and travellers needs to be ensured.
“There is a significant pollution in the area, and this is especially due to vegetation fires. Unfortunately, the Commissioner cannot guarantee the safety of those entering the area under these circumstances.”
While the wind has been slightly reduced, wind direction still seems unfavorable to hikers. Smoke from vegetation fires and eruptions spreads over hiking trails to the eruption sites.
Today, the fire department will focus on extinguishing vegetation fires north of the fire station. The helicopter of the Coast Guard is involved in firefighting, with a quarter of the people involved in these operations, which began this morning.