Icelandic volcano sparks tourism hopes

Icelandic volcano sparks tourism hopes

A volcano that has erupted for the first time in 200 years is being used to prompt travellers to take a look at Iceland’s dramatic natural landscape.

While 500 people who live near the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano have been evacuated, many of the country’s tour operators are including a trip to see the still-smoking peak in their itineraries. Now Iceland’s leading low-fare carrier, Iceland Express, is offering flights from the UK to Reykjavik from ?79 one way including taxes and fees.

The flight offer lasts from now until the end of May, and Iceland Express are confident you will still get a glimpse if you book within these periods. In the interests of accuracy, the image above is not of the Eyjafjallajoekull eruption, but of another glacial volcano that erupted on the island in 1996.

Some Icelandic commentators believe the recent eruption could lead to further volcanic activity around the island in the coming months.

To watch footage of the recent Eyjafjallajoekull eruption from youtube, please click here

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