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Hikers flock to see erupting volcano – and cook lunch while they’re there

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The Fagradalsfjall volcano’s eruption in Iceland has become a real tourist attraction – and a good place to cook up a meal, apparently.

Since it started erupting on Sunday, thousands of hikers have made the trek to bask in the power of such a rare occurrence.

Well, volcanoes aren’t rare in Iceland, but eruptions aren’t usually accessible.

This one is just 40 kilometres from the capital of Reykjavik, and a brisk 30-minute walk from the main road.

Onlookers were kept away in its early stages of eruption, but now it’s been deemed safe to visit.

As the lava flows out, cooling slightly, some visitors have even toasted marshmallows and cooked sausages over its heat.

This is the first time we’ve seen Fagradalsfjall erupt in 800 years, with lava spewing out through cracks in the mountain, brought on by tens of thousands of earthquakes disturbing the magma underneath.

This freshly awakened volcano in Iceland has become a real tourist magnet. Thousands of hikers have flocked to its spectacular show from Sunday.

Some even managed to roast marshmallows and hot dogs over the cooling lava.

It was forbidden for visitors to approach the volcano in the early hours of its eruption, but eventually the authorities tolerated it during the rest of the weekend.

Volcanic activity is not rare in Iceland, but it happens usually in rather remote places.