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Volcano tourism in Iceland: »We felt like having a special picnic!«


The Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland has been spewing fire and lava since last week. The natural spectacle attracts thousands of onlookers - although the authorities warn of toxic gases.

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This sight attracts tourists from all over the world.

Kristi Tahepol and Ende Konigswieser, tourists from Estonia

»We felt like having a special picnic.«

»So we went hiking.

And now here we are.”

“And having a picnic next to a volcano.”

The volcano 30 kilometers southwest of Reykjavik erupted last week.

Since then, masses of lava have continued to gush and squirt out of a chasm hundreds of meters long.

Jessie Bull, Tourist from Canada

“It's kinda spooky.

You hear these noises and you think: Will it break out further?”

However, the tourists are apparently not intimidated - thousands of people are said to have already set out for the sparsely populated area to catch a glimpse of the natural spectacle.

Maureen Mann, tourist from Germany

»Nature makes you humble.

It's very exciting.

A chance you only get once in a lifetime.«

Kristi Tahepol and Ende Konigswieser, tourists from Estonia

"It's surreal."



"Very, very hot!"

However, volcano tourism is not without risk: authorities warn hikers of dangerous gases in the area.

Iceland's government also advises against visiting the outbreak site for this reason.

Source: spiegel

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