Iceland's most recent volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula occurred around 06:00 local time on February 8. It's found northeast of Sýlingarfell, situated only 9 kilometers away from the town of Grindavik. This time the eruption was a short one, lasting only one day, marking its end on February 9.
If the situation changes, more updates will be provided, but visiting Iceland and witnessing this spectacle from a safe distance is currently an excellent opportunity.
More information on the eruption below.
Watch the live video from Grindavik here.
With the recent volcanic eruption, it is still safe for visitors to travel to Iceland as flights are operating normally. The eruption is well-contained and does not currently pose a threat to populated areas. The authorities are closely monitoring the situation, and we will provide updates as needed.
Yes, Iceland is prepared for volcanic events. Before the eruption near Grindavík, authorities already evacuated about 4,000 residents in November 2023 as a safety measure. The Icelandic Meteorological Office closely monitors the ongoing eruption and collaborates with other agencies to ensure public safety.
We want to assure our guests that our tours, except for those to the Blue Lagoon, continue to operate normally. The volcanic activity is localized and does not affect the regions we explore. We prioritize your safety and stay in constant contact with authorities to ensure that all tours are conducted in a secure and enjoyable way.
With its breathtaking landscapes, Iceland is also a land where earthquakes and volcanic activities are common. This is because Iceland is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a meeting point for two major tectonic plates. Such a location naturally leads to frequent geological movements.
In Iceland, living with earthquakes and volcanoes is part of everyday life. The country is equipped with some of the most sophisticated systems in the world for monitoring earthquakes and predicting volcanic eruptions. This advanced technology helps ensure that both locals and visitors can carry on with their daily activities safely, even when there's increased seismic activity.
Most of the time, Iceland's earthquakes are small and pose no significant danger. However, the Icelandic Meteorological Office closely monitors all the geological happenings and provides quick updates and safety instructions when needed. This level of readiness and expertise in dealing with Iceland's unique geological conditions shows just how resilient and well-prepared the country is.
So, while experiencing some seismic activity is part of what makes Iceland unique, it's handled with great care. This ensures that life in this enchanting land goes on smoothly and safely.
For more detailed and up-to-date information on the seismic activity in Iceland, you can follow the latest updates at the Icelandic Meteorological Office website and stay informed about travel safety at Safe Travel Iceland.
Yes, it is currently safe to visit Iceland. The volcanic activity is localized, closely monitored, and poses no significant threat to most areas.
Authorities actively monitor the seismic activity and will issue safety advice as needed. Visitors need to stay informed through official channels and follow any guidelines provided.
Visiting the current eruption site is not possible at the moment because the hiking area is closed. However, for future visits to volcanic areas, we recommend guided tours for safety and informative experiences. Keep an eye on official updates for when such tours might become available again!
No, the eruptions at Fagradalsfjall and Meradalir have concluded. The current volcanic activity is centered northeast of Sýlingarfell, located near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, and involves a new eruption that began on February 8, 2024.
In July of 2023, an eruption occurred at Litli-Hrútur in Iceland. This particular eruption was unique and distinguished from previous ones in the area. The public could access the eruption site, but it posed some issues, such as gas pollution, irresponsible visitor behavior, and intense seismic activity. Although the eruption did not pose any immediate danger to communities or flights, it did present some challenges.
Source: RUV agency and mbl.is
After over 6,000 years of dormancy, Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted on March 19, 2021, marking the first eruption in the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark in 800 years. It officially ended on September 18, 2021. Uniquely, this eruption was dubbed a "tourist eruption" due to its accessibility and relatively low risk.