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Paths leading to Reykjadalur geothermal area to remain closed until mid-May

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  • Ever expanding path In an attempt to avoid the muddy path visitors had walked on the vegetation. Photo/Icelandic Environment Agency

The condition of walking paths leading to the popular natural geothermal pools in Reykjadalur valley is still too poor to allow foot traffic, according to an assessment by the Icelandic Environment Agency. To allow the vegetation to recover fully after the wet and muddy spring the area will remain closed for another four weeks.

Read more: Reykjadalur geothermal valley closed to hikers to avoid further damage to vegetation

The agency closed the walking paths leading to Reykjadalur on March 31 to protect the delicate vegetation from damage. As the snow melts and frost thaws from the ground the walking paths become extremely wet and muddy. To avoid the mud visitors were walking on the vegetation along the path, causing serious damage to the delicate plant life. To avoid permanent damage the area was therefore closed to all traffic.

Hundreds of travelers visit Reykjadalur each day during winter and spring. During busy days in the summer the area sees thousands of visitors. 

The closure is expected to permit the area to recover as well as allowing Nature Rangers an opportunity to repair the path. 

Two other popular sites in South Iceland have been closed temporarily for the same reasons: Walking paths along Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and the heath above Skógafoss waterfall. Please respect these closures, stay on the path at all other sites and help preserve Icelandic nature!

Read more: Fjaðrárglúfur canyon walking paths to remain closed until end of May to protect vegetation

Read more: Walking path above Skógafoss waterfall in S. Iceland closed to protect vegetation

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