The volcano at Geldingadalir/Fagradalsfjall has not produced lava for four weeks and there are many indications the eruption may be over. Around 400,000 people have visited it so far and the accident prevention project manager at the national search & rescue agency says it will remain a big attraction for years to come, according to RUV Iceland.
Within a few days of the start of the eruption, work was already underway to peg out a hiking route.
“Overall, it has gone well. We can see that there have been 350,000-400,000 people visiting, and 350 accidents, which is just 0.1 percent, which is not a high number given the conditions that were there: winter, mountainous terrain, a volcano”, says ICE-SAR project manager Jónas Guðmundsson.
Iceland has 30 active volcanic systems, which means eruptions are possible in many locations around the country.