The trek to the crater takes at least 14 kilometers round trip and involves an ascent of 300 metres. Not enough to deter curious people stuck to the side of the mountain.
Tens of thousands of spectators have already walked the steep and bumpy path to the newly formed crater, gazing at the astonishing spectacle of hot lava that began erupting from the ground a week ago in the volcanic Miradaler Valley, near Reykjavik. On Wednesday alone, when the site reopened for three days due to bad weather, more than 4,600 people came to enjoy the rising magma, just 40 kilometers from the Icelandic capital. In total, nearly 23,000 parks made the trip, according to Tourism Services.
The trek to the crater takes at least 14 kilometers round trip and involves an ascent of 300 metres. It takes about two hours to walk from the nearest car park and the terrain is challenging. However, construction machinery dug into the mountain during the three-day lockdown, to level the track and facilitate access for the public and rescue teams in case of emergency. “It’s the longest walk I’ve ever takensays Celine Poole, a British tourist. “My fiancé convinced me to come, and told me it would be a unique experience. and heShe adds, watching the lava erupt from the ground in a constant roar.
Visitors en route on Wednesday were outfitted with walking sticks, hiking boots and rain gear — in stark contrast to the shorts and flip-flops worn by the intrepid few who rushed to the scene after a crack opened in the valley floor, Aug. 3.
At the end of the long crossing, on a hill overlooking the valley, bursts of magma emerge. “Hot rocks erupting from the ground are already the most impressive thingsays James Maniscalco, a 31-year-old American tourist. A mound of bright orange lava, flowing up to 70 meters high and still dripping in melting, erects as it solidifies large embankments of patches that form half a volcanic cone.
“We don’t get tired”
The flow of liquid basalt at about 1200 °C, the most intense lava that Earth can produce, extends up to two kilometers from the jets and seeps from the valley floor to spread south. “We really see the power of nature‘, the miracle of Clémence Arnault, a young Frenchwoman from Nantes. ‘It’s something you’ll probably only see once in your life.Storms and rains do not diminish the astonishment of the stunned curious clinging to the sides of the mountain.
The Icelandic Met Office said the eruption has continued at a fairly steady pace in recent days, adding that it could continue for a long time. “Can continue very easily like the previousVolcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarson says: Lava erupted from the nearby volcano near Mount Fagradalsfjall for six months last year, in Iceland’s longest-running eruption in more than 50 years. “As long as the channel feeding the magma at depth remains open, we will witness a continuous eruptionexplains the specialist.
The land of ice and fire, Iceland has 32 volcanic systems that are currently considered active, the highest number in Europe. The country experiences an eruption every five years on average. A vast island near the Arctic Circle, Iceland lies on the edge of the mid-Atlantic Ocean, a fissure on the ocean floor that separates the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The movement of these plates is partly responsible for the intense volcanic activity.
see also – ‘It was a lifelong goal to see this’: Volcanic fissure eruption delights tourists in Iceland