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Deluges of rain and snowmelt leave walking trails extremely wet and slippery

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  • Kerið crater Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in Grímsnes in South Iceland. It is part of the popular Golden Circle. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

A British man in his seventies suffered a broken leg yesterday when visiting Kerið, a volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes, South Iceland. According to news website Vísir, snowmelt has left the trails around Kerið muddy and extremely slippery.

A spokesperson for Kerið’s owners claims it is impossible to maintain the trails during in spring as the snowmelt renders them largely impassable.

Read more: Tourists spotted standing dangerously close to snow covered edge by Gullfoss waterfall

“Deluges of rain and snowmelt will leave the trails extremely wet and muddy. It’s useless to try and maintain the trails while in this condition as the gravel will only wash away. The trails need to dry out first.”

What more, when the paths are wet and muddy people tend to avoid the dirt by hiking around it – this often widens the trail and impacts the area.

According to Morgunblaðið newspaper, visitors at Gullfoss waterfall in South Iceland, continue to venture to the waterfall’s edge despite a chain clearly marking the walking trail to the viewing point. Snow cornices form on the verge of the cliffs during winter and are extremely dangerous. People are advised to always avoid travelling above or below them.

Please note: More rain is expected this week, leaving paths wetter and unsafer. 

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