Information on Volcanic Activity

Information on Volcanic Activity

19.08.2014 | María Reynisdóttir

Volcanic eruption in Iceland


Volcanic activity is currently present north of Vatnajökull Glacier (close to Askja), in an uninhabited area in the interior of Iceland about 400 km/250 mi from Reykjavík. There is no danger for travellers.

However, for safety reasons an area north of Vatnajökull Glacier is closed. Highland roads leading into the area are closed and hiking in the area is forbidden. Those who are highly sensitive to air pollution should also follow the development of gas dispersion. The situation is being monitored closely and relevant authorities are on high alert.

There is currently nothing to indicate possible disturbances to flight schedules as a result of developments and no reason to cancel trips to Iceland. All operations continue as usual. But if you are in Iceland or travelling to Iceland we advise that you follow the news and check the following websites for updates on the situation:

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service

Civil Protection in Iceland on Twitter

Civil Protection in Iceland on Facebook
The Icelandic Road Administration (or call 1770 for updated road information)

Icelandic Met Office (gas dispersion forecast)

Icelandic Tourist Board

Safe travel in Iceland

Live webcam from the site of volcanic activity in Iceland

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding your travel plans in Iceland in light of the situation. Should volcanic activity cause travel disruption, our staff will do everything they can to rearrange your trip, trying to minimise costs. All enquiries will be resolved on an individual basis. 

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