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Iceland's Airport Reopens; Flights Return to Normal

May 27, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

The clean-up operation at Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland has already begun with the eruption slowly coming to an end. Icelandair, the country's flag-carrier, is pointing out that most of the country is totally unaffected by the volcanic ash, and that an influx of volunteers and helpers to the area have helped to speed up the process. All of the roads in the area have now reopened.

In a statement, the airline says that curious visitors have already begun to flock to the area, eager to check out the affected area and see the ash for themselves. However, they will have to hurry because the efficient ash clean-up operation is already progressing quickly and local residents hope life in the southeast will be back to normal very soon.

Visits to the crater are not yet allowed, as the eruption has yet to be officially declared finished. However, some tour companies are already planning to take advantage of the new attraction. (Stay tuned for details on that!)

Eyjafjallajokullthe volcano that caused so much drama last year – is also in South Iceland and tourists have been able to visit that since last summer. It is still one of the most popular tours on offer today and an Eyjafjallajokull museum even opened on the eruption’s first anniversary.

In more promising news, Keflavik International Airport, Icelandair’s main hub, has reopened and all flights have returned to normal until further notice.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | May 27, 2011
Keflavik International Airport, Icelandair’s main hub, has reopened and all flights have resumed as normal.
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