News on the volcanic eruption

News on the volcanic eruption

21.04.2010 | Oddný Björg Halldórsdóttir

The behaviour of the eruption has changed as the amount of ash has reduced substantially. There is still considerable volcanic activity in Eyjafjallajökull which is being monitored closely. Air traffic is gradually getting back to normal and to day the Icelandic airlines are flying to most oft their destinations.

Icelandic civil protection authorities have the situation as regards public response fully under control and are providing citizens in adjacent areas to the volcano with necessary assistance.  Ash has fallen in the vicinity of Eyjafjallajökull in southern Iceland but is not expected to reach the capital area or other parts of the country.
Information in English is updated daily at the website of Icelandic civil emergency authorities.


Business and public services are open

Day to day business in Iceland a has not been affected apart from the directly affected areas in the south. In other parts of the country, Icelanders’ daily life is proceeding quite normally. Domestic flights are running as usual and flights between Iceland and North America. The Icelandic Tourist Council wishes to forewarn the public of exaggerated news reports on the eruption but encourages travelers to keep abreast of developments.


Air traffic is gradually getting back to normal

The ash hurled into the atmosphere by the eruption has however caused serious disruption of air traffic in northern Europe. Icelandic scientists and public authorities, the Meterological Institution and the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration, remain in close contact with their counterparts in Europe in order to monitor the eruption, the weather conditions and the projected path of the volcanic ash cloud. People are encouraged to monitor the news and contact their travel agents if their flights are canceled.

To day (April 21st) the Icelandic airlines Icelandair and Iceland Express are flying to most oft their destinations i Scandinavia, Europe and UK. US bound operations are likely to continue. Flight schedule is subject to weather conditions and can therefore change swiftly. Passengers flying to or from Iceland are advised to follow updated travel information on the following web pages:

Keflavik International Airport

Information from Icelandair

Information from Iceland Express

Information from SAS

Information from the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration

Travelers are safe and sound

Travelers currently in Iceland are safe and sound, and the appropriate parties are making every effort to make their stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. All travelers stranded in Reykjavík due to the flight restrictions to Europe have been offered a complimentary Reykjavík Welcome Card which gives access to all the museums and exhibitions in Reykjavík, thermal pools, public transport and more. We would also like to draw attention to those videos with travelers comment on a prolonged stay in Iceland. A substantial number of visitors was able to depart Iceland on 18 and 19 April.


Daily briefings at the press centres

The Civil Emergency Authorities arrange for daily briefings at 8:00 at the press centres in Reykjavik and Hvolsvollur. In both briefings you will get a general status update, and brief updates by a geophysicist and a meteorologist. The address in Reykjavik is Skogarhlid 14. The address at Hvolsvollur is Dufthaksbraut 10. On their web page you can also get newest press releases...Read more


All Infrastructures Secure

Icelandic infrastructure is prepared for earthquakes and volcanic activitiy so all systems are designed to withstand natural calamities.

Transmission of Electricity:

Transmission of Electricity is secure and has not been affected by the volcanic activity. Developments in the volcanic activity are being followed closely, with a maintenance team ready to respond to any events if needed. The electrical transmission network in Iceland is circular with all power plants directly connected to the main grind. Thus in case of a transmission failure a backup power is always available from the other side to the rest of the island.


The main telecommunications network is extremely robust and based on two main systems. It is designed with redundancy for both equipment and power and also incorporates backup routes for critical traffic.

Míla‘s Optical Fiber Cable, that carries almost all national and international telecommunication traffic, is secure. The design for the backhaul connections for the submarine cables connecting Iceland to the mainland takes into consideration necessary backup routes in case of Fiber Cable damage.

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