Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tourists flock to Iceland volcano eruption

REYKJAVIK-With lava still gushing Friday, a small Icelandic volcano that initially sent hundreds fleeing from their homes is turning into a boon for the island nation's tourism industry, as visitors flock to catch a glimpse of the eruption."I hope the eruption continues for a while because it is very good for business," said Ingi Thor Jakobsson, the manager of the Hotel Ranga located near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier where the Fimmvorduhals volcano erupted."We have the eruption just next door and the view is just amazing. There aren't a lot of four star restaurants that can offer dinner and a view of a volcanic eruption," he told AFP, adding that his hotel has begun offering helicopter rides over the volcano."We have three helicopters ready and there has been a lot of interest both from Icelanders and foreigners," he said....

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