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Help us protect the lava in Geldingadalir

The volcano in Geldingadalir is a very popular attraction with thousands of visitors every day. If you are visiting the area please treat it with respect and leave no trace and help us protect the area. The text and picture below is from the Environmental Agency of Iceland.

"Visitors to the volcano in Geldingadalir are encouraged to be cautious during their stay on site. Climbing and walking on the lava, throwing stones at it, and making inscriptions are forbidden and can be very dangerous.

Do not walk on the lava

The lava is extremely hot and it can take a long time to cool down. Even when no activity can be seen in the grater the eruption is still active. Underneath the hardened top layer of lava burning hot lava can still be flowing. The top layer can easily break when stepped on. Walking on the lava can also harm the geological monuments.

Do not throw stones or make inscriptions

The lava in Geldingadalir is a unique geological monument that we must respect and protect. It is important for visitors to leave no trace such as throwing stones at the lava or make inscriptions on it. Lavas are under special protection according to art. 61 of the Nature Conservation Act and therefore they must be protected from damages such trampling, stones or inscriptions.

The Environmental Protection Agency's rangers work on the hiking trail of the eruption area and inform and educate visitors on how to enjoy the beauty of nature in harmony with nature conservation in a safe way."

Text is from: https://www.ust.is/umhverfisstofnun/frettir/stok-frett/2021/08/06/Protecting-the-lava-in-Geldingadalir-/?fbclid=IwAR0fOq7MZ0FSniR6Y70l4W3o4dLwQHfJ9MBQHT4-axYrV_9FrLY41bjZs6M