It’s been p*ssing down with rain today and thanks to the eruption in Eyjafjalljökull earlier this year we’ve got some serious flooding going on in South Niceland. Ash and mud from the eruption has filled up the riverbeds in the area, particularly in Þórsmörk National Park, where there are currently around 120 people trapped.
For those of you unfamiliar with the terrain, Þórsmörk is one of the most beautiful and scenic areas of Iceland, and is reachable only by crossing the river Krossá [which is actually a whole bunch of little rivers]. The river can be a challenge to cross under normal conditions, and is definitely not passable in regular vehicles — but now, not a chance.
The Ring Road is also flooded in at least one area, for a distance of around 200 metres.
Authorities are keeping a close watch on the situation. It’s been extremely windy today, but winds are expected to subside this evening. However, it will continue to rain quite heavily.
Thankfully those trapped in Þórsmörk are in good spirits, have plenty to eat and drink and will likely be able to leave the area sometime late tomorrow. And there are worse places to be trapped, if you ask me — phwoar!
Oh, and speaking of eruptions: two earthquakes were measured last night just north of Vatnajökull glacier, near the volcanic craters. According to the meterological office no volcanic activity has been measured — but one never knows! If so, let’s hope for another nice little tourist eruption — not one of those pesky Eyjafjallajökull jobs.