Another eruption in Reykjanes peninsula – volcanic fissures opened up in Meradalir valley on 3rd August. Thousands of travelers swarmed the area within the next few hours to see the eruption up close. And many happy campers contacted us with two main questions: is it safe to visit Iceland right now, and can we visit the Meradalis volcano eruption site? So, in this blog post, we will go over everything you need to know before visiting the eruption site.
Yes, as of now, there are no flight disruptions, and the eruption site is quite far away from any important infrastructure, so there isn’t any reason for you to stress about it and postpone your trip.
The Meradalir volcano is a relatively safe and tourist-friendly eruption. However, (and I can’t stress it enough) there are plenty of dangers lurking on the way to the eruption site and next to the fissures.
Another important note from the Icelandic rescue team is not to take your kids to see the volcano. Here are the reasons why:
9th August Update: The local police announced that kids younger than 12 would not be allowed to hike to the eruption site.
We’ve already mentioned that the hike is not the easiest, but if you are determined to see the volcano up close, make sure to do your best to prepare for the hike and bring all necessary equipment.
Even though it is technically summer in Iceland (although it doesn’t feel like that lately…), you need to ensure you have your warm clothes ready to go.
Another great tip from the ICE-SAR team is to have extra clothes to change when you get back to the car if you get wet.
Within a few days, the great people of Iceland’s rescue team marked new trails leading up to the eruption site. The starting points are the parking lots created during the previous eruption. From there, depending on your parking lot, it is a 10-16 km hike.
Visit Reykjanes has created a very handy hiking and a parking map of the area.
Remember, visitors must pay for the parking next to the hiking path. It costs 1000 ISK per car. To pay for the parking, visit Parka.is
Stay safe and enjoy the sight! Don’t forget to tag your happy moments with #happyiceland.
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