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Trail S3 in Skaftafell is open

The S3 trail in Skaftafell was re-opened yesterday. There is still some snow in the upper part of the trail, and plenty of snow on trail S4 that leads up to Kristínartindar.

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Revised opening hours for Skaftafell Visitor Centre

This summer, Skaftafell Visitor Centre will be open from 9-19. Reception for the campground will be located on the campground itself, starting early June. Staff will be present between 7:30 and 24:00.


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Hiking trails in Skaftafell temporarily closed

Park rangers have decided to temporarily close most hiking trails on the Skaftafellsheiði heath in Skaftafell, because the whole area is very wet after the snowmelt in recent weeks.  The paths to Svartifoss and Skaftafellsjökull are open.

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Restricted area in Holuhraun cut down

The Police District Commissioners in North Eastern, Eastern, Southern Iceland, and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police have decided to change the restricted area in Holuhraun with reference to the Civil Protection law no. 82/2008 article 23.
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Important information for winter visitors in Skaftafell

Skaftafell is a popular destination for winter visitors in Iceland. Visiting in winter is much different from the summer with lesser crowds and no leaves on the trees. The biggest change though is probably the outlet glaciers.

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Trail to Svartifoss in Skaftafell partially closed – alternative routes possible

A large trail construction project started earlier this week at Skaftafell, and as a result the main trail to Svartifoss is partially closed. However, alternative routes are possible through Lambhagi and Gömlutún.

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Volunteers in Snæfell Wilderness Area

At the beginning of August, five members of the Iceland Conservation Volunteers team (ICV) helped the rangers in Snæfell Wilderness Area with waymarking hiking trails and tracks, placing information signs at the beginning of hiking trails and fixing some unwelcomed off-road tracks.

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Fissure eruption in Holuhraun lava field

A fissure eruption started around midnight in the Holuhraun lavafield, ca. 9 kilometers north of Dyngjujokull glacier. Lava streams out of a 100 meter long fissure, in the northern part of the lava field, about 15 kilometers south of the Askja caldera. IMO has issued a red alert for aviation
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Important informationregarding Bárðarbunga volcano

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police is monitoring closely events in Bárðarbunga volcano, where unusually frequent seismic activity has been recorded in recent days. Updates on the situation are available on the Commissioner´s website:

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Areas north of Dyngjujökull closed and evacuated

The Police Commissioner in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður havedecided  to close and evacuate the area Northof Vatnajökull following the seismic activity in Bárðarbunga.
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