Volcanic ash fallout close to source

Ironically, over the last six weeks or so Iceland has got off remarkably lightly from the disruption caused by its temperamental volcano Eyjafjall. Now, however, the fallout begins to settle. Icelandair’s forward bookings are a staggering 75% DOWN on previous years and Iceland Express has delayed its new Gatwick-Akureyri service until 2011. The airline also appears to have pulled its Birmingham-Reykjavik service, due for launch 6th June.

However, for the intrepid traveller tempted to visit Ultima Thule, there is a silver lining to this dire situation: 1) Iceland remains comparatively affordable since the 2008 crash, 2) there is a conveniently accessible world-class volcano belching in the background, and 3) you’ll have the place to yourself. In other words, there’s never been a better time to visit!

By the way, there are some great pix here.