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About the Recent Volcano Eruption at Fagradalsfjall

You might be wondering how safe it is to visit Iceland right now given the recent volcano eruption at Fagradalsfjall in the Reykjanes peninsula. Fortunately, the Icelandic authorities assert that the volcano is not considered a threat. 

Flights have not been affected and so if you have booked a tour, you can continue with your travel plans. You can go to the Meradalir eruption site, so long as weather conditions are right on the day of your visit.

Check out the livestream video of the Fagradalsfjall volcano below to see what's happening right now. And read on to learn more about the volcanic eruption in Iceland, including safety tips.

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To help answer your queries about the recent volcano eruption in Iceland, our local travel experts have compiled their safety advice and travel tips below. They are based in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, and have all the latest updates for you.

The volcano eruption started on 3 August 2022, following a few days of strong seismic activity in the surrounding area, including Reykjavík. Relatively small fissures in the earth have opened up and magma is appearing on the surface.

This is in the same area as the previous volcanic eruption in Iceland, which officially lasted from 19 March to 16 December 2021.

The eruption is located in Meradalir valley, an uninhabited region in the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland. It is near the site of the 2021 Fagradalsfjall eruption.

The Reykjanes peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark teeming with volcanic landscapes and geothermal activity, due to the pulling apart of two tectonic plates. It is the only place in the world where you can see the North Atlantic Ridge on land. 

Fagradalsfjall is 32 kilometres (20 miles) away from Reykjavík. While earthquakes have been felt in the capital, authorities state that people are not in any immediate danger.

Yes, it is still safe to visit Iceland. There are no flight disruptions due to the eruption, and the main highway around Iceland – the Ring Road – is open as usual. 

At the moment, there is no need to alter any of your travel plans. But you can always contact your personal travel consultant if you are in doubt about any part of your itinerary.

As nature can be unpredictable and the current situation may change, we are closely following updates from the authorities. And we will do our best to keep all of our travellers well informed about anything that could impact their travel plans.

Flights have so far not been disrupted. As this is a fissure eruption, there are no ash clouds, similar to previous Fagradalsfjall eruption in 2021, when flights were not affected. You can check the website of Keflavík Airport for any flight-related updates.

The eruption site is open, so you can now visit the volcano. However, you should only go if weather conditions are right. Don’t attempt to hike there unless it is confirmed on the day that it is safe to do so.

• Follow the guidance of SafeTravel before you embark on your hike.

• Check the weather forecast each day on the Iceland Meteorological Office website.

• Get updates in English from the Icelandic Civil Protection Agency on Facebook.

Note that children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit the eruption site due to safety precautions.

It is possible that there will be more earthquakes in the region. The most powerful earthquake so far had a magnitude of 5.4.

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