Planeteer: Iceland’s ‘gateway to hell’ may erupt, ancient Chinese palace unearthed, Prospect Park to get alcohol license

Hekla. Image by Sverrir Thorolfsson / CC BY 2.0

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: a volcano in Iceland believed to be the gateway to hell might soon erupt, an ancient imperial palace has been unearthed in central China and a cafe in New York’s Prospect Park may soon get an alcohol license.

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Hekla volcano, Iceland. Image by Sverrir Thorolfsson / CC BY 2.0

Iceland’s ‘gateway to hell’ may erupt
Iceland’s most famous and active volcano, Hekla (‘the hooded one’) may be about to erupt. GPS monitoring indicates that Hekla, believed to be the gateway to hell during the Middle Ages, is swollen with more magma than the last time it erupted, in 2000. Climbers have been advised to avoid the popular 1491m peak. Read more:

UK announces new £1 coin
Britain will introduce a new £1 coin in 2017. The twelve-sided coin is being introduced because the current £1 coin, which has been in circulation for 30 years, has become easy to fake – around 3% are counterfeit. The design is based on the old three-penny bit, a coin that was abandoned when the UK currency went decimal in 1971. Read more:

Pierre-Yves Cousteau plans a Santorini marine park
At a recent international conference on sustainable fishing, held in Thessaloniki, famous diver Pierre-Yves Cousteau (son of underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau) talked about his plans to create a marine park on the Greek island of Santorini. This would be a protected area in which fishing would be prohibited. According to the mayor of Santorini, the local authorities and the Greek Professional Fishermen Association would like to be involved in this project. Read more:

Uncertain future for Moscow’s famous Shukhov tower
Shukhov radio tower, Moscow’s iconic avant-garde structure, is facing an uncertain future. According to an announcement by the Ministry of Communication, it may be disassembled and re-erected in another undetermined location. The decision has been met with opposition from architects, the general public and reportedly even the Ministry of Culture. Read more:

Keukenhof Gardens in bloom. Image by bertknot / CC BY-SA 2.0

Keukenhof Gardens gets ready to open to the public
Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest bulb flower garden, will open to the public on Thursday 20 March in the town of Lisse just outside of Amsterdam. The event attracts around 800,000 visitors annually to see 7 million tulips, daffodils and other …read more


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