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All over but the crying – Curtain falls on Holuhraun volcano

Steam rises from the rift known as Holuhraun which has spewed forth lava non-stop for eight months. PIC Norðurflug/RUV

Steam rises from the rift known as Holuhraun which has spewed forth lava non-stop for eight months. PIC Norðurflug/RUV

Well, well, well. Seems you are a teeny weeny bit too late for that excellent, tourist-friendly volcano in Iceland. Holuhraun volcano, spewing non-stop since August 2014 seems to have finally run out of steam.

Officially that is not the case but unofficially no more glowing hot lava is appearing from the rift called Holuhraun and there is no sign of any volcano any longer apart from high mounds of ash lining the rift. The only thing visible at this stage are fumes of steam rising from the ground.

Scientist contend there is still ongoing some activity underneath and refuse to call it totally quits but if history is any guide this is over for now.

Amazingly, local tour operators are furious since authorities did not open the area up for tourism much, much sooner but this was only done a couple of weeks ago as Total Iceland reported. A loss indeed for tourism which might explain why „respected“ news publications like Iceland Review are not mentioning this at all.

Seems all is over but the crying.

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