Stakeholders like police, search & rescue, and scientists need space to assess the new situation at the volcano. As can be seen in the video above, molten lava is now flowing over a wide area in Geldingadalir and beyond.
Lava is flowing into Nátthagi again, where there has been little or no lava flow for some weeks. Nátthagi has become a popular walking route where people can see cooled lava that flowed this spring and early summer. The area has now become dangerous again.
Suðurnes police chief Gunnar Schram says search & rescue teams have been called out to escort visitors away, alongside rangers and police officers. Gunnar says the closure is a temporary measure, until the situation becomes clear and people's safety can be assured.