Prominent signs about the closing were put up an various places as well as ropes that closed the walking paths. Hiking paths around Víti crater are also extremely dangerous for tourists and that area was also closed for safety reasons.
Friðrik Dagur Arnarson, park ranger in Mývatnssveit says that tourists in the area don't respect the obstructions and that they walk past all warning and wander around the area, in great danger.
There is still much snow in the Leirhnjúkar area and around Víti crater and the snow is all over walking paths and bridges and platforms in certain places.
Tourists wander all over extremely dangerous cracks and gethermal areas
Friðrik has seen footprints from tourists way off the normal walking paths, all over extremely dangerous cracks and dangerous hot spring areas. Friðrik says that the area is extremely dangerous and is very worried about the situation.
Tourists don't realize the danger
Friðrik says that many foreign tourists don't realize how dangerous Icelandic nature can be. When everything is partly covered in snow, like now, it's hard to see where you're going, and very easy to fall through thin layers of snow, either down deep cracks or into boiling hot springs.
Friðrik hopes that concerned and related parties will take measures as soon as possible and hopes we don't have to witness a disaster for people to realize that something has to be done.
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photo courtesy of Friðrik Dagur Arnarson