South Cleans Up Ash, Camping Opens Again - The Reykjavik Grapevine

South Cleans Up Ash, Camping Opens Again

Published May 27, 2011

With the Grímsvötn eruption pretty much over, clean up of farmland goes into high gear, and campgrounds have opened again at Skaftafell.
As Grapevine reported, geologists stated that for all intents and purposes, the volcano has ceased to erupt, and all flights to and from Iceland have returned to normal. Furthermore, air quality in the capital area has gone back to healthy levels.
As farmers in the south and southeast of Iceland continue clean-up efforts, with the help of volunteers, the Ministry of Industry has announced that the campgrounds at Skaftafell have been re-opened.
The remarkable thing about this bit of news is that Skaftafell is located literally under the shadow of the Vatnajökull glacier, and actually not too far south from the eruption itself. The ministry explains that, according to Skaftafell park ranger Regína Hreinsdóttir, strong northerly winds and rain had cleared out most of the ash from the area. The grounds are now green once more.
Regína also said that guests began to stream in the moment Highway 1 was opened again in the south, with people staying both on the campgrounds and in cabins. Tomorrow, the park’s restaurant will open again, kicking off the summer season.

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