Iceland's hottest natural wonder: back in action
Latest update: It's back! At 1:30pm on August 3, 2022, a new volcanic eruption began from a fissure in Meradalir valley at Fagradalsfjall, the site of last year’s eruption. An intense swarm of earthquakes had occurred on the Reykjanes peninsula over the past few days, and authorities were predicting a likely eruption. Iceland’s summer just got hotter!
For anyone who is flying with us, please rest assured: official evaluations have been done and the eruption in its current state is causing no flight disruptions.
Visiting the 2022 volcano eruption site: It's an extraordinary experience to witness an event such as this, but like any other volcanic eruption, it has to be done with caution. Safetravel.is is an excellent resource for up-to-date information on how to safely visit the eruption.
Over its 6-month lifespan, the 2021 eruption attracted thousands of locals and tourists excited about a (possibly) once-in-a-lifetime show. We expect that the 2022 eruption will have a similar magnetic appeal. Stay tuned!
A geologist's paradise, a photographer's dreamland, an oasis for an avid adventurer...or simply "the land of fire and ice"? This time it's fire for sure! With the latest volcanic eruption (following on from last year's spectacle), Iceland once again reminds us of its mighty nature powers and puts a steaming hot spot on the world map.
2021 volcano eruption in southwest Iceland
March 19 was seemingly an ordinary Friday before the news started spreading late in the evening that an eruption is starting on the Reykjanes peninsula. The fact was confirmed very soon by the local authorities as many locals rushed in their cars to gaze at the red glowing night sky.
Soon after it started, the eruption was categorized as small and not posing any immediate threat. The local geophysicists say that the eruption is in the best possible location – isolated in a distant valley surrounded by the mountainous Icelandic terrain.
Eruption site on March 20, 2021.
Photo by Vilhelm Gunnarsson.
In a way, this eruption put many locals' minds at ease. Southwest Iceland had been experiencing many earthquakes in the preceding weeks, but the seismic activity steadily decreased after the eruption.
Watch the volcano eruption live
Thanks to RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, the so-far-away eruption is so close at the same time. You can watch the eruption site in real-time online from the comfort of your home. Enjoy the mesmerizing daytime views of the lava streams constantly changing the face of the landscapes or admire the night views of the glowing lava rivers creating a spectacular light show.
Local news agency mbl.is also has a number of livestream cameras in the area, offering great views.
Fresh Icelandic lava during the 2021 eruption.
Photo by Vilhelm Gunnarsson.
A few volcano facts
- The 2021 eruption was the first volcanic eruption in Iceland in 6 years and the first one in the Reykjanes peninsula in the last 800 years.
- The 2021 eruption was situated in the Geldingadalir valley next to the mountain named Fagradalsfjall. The location has been compared to a massive bathtub that lava can slowly pour into. The eruption lasted for 6 months before ceasing in September 2021.
- On August 3, 2022, the volcano restarted, erupting from a fissure in the Meradalir valley, not far from the crater that erupted the longest during last year's event.
- No one knows how long this second eruption will last. The eruption could end today, tomorrow, in a week's time, after a month or even later.
Our response to the latest volcano eruption in Iceland
The eruption in 2021 was not an ash eruption and therefore did not affect our flight operations. The current 2022 eruption has begun in the same manner, and we hope that the situation will remain the same, in that our operations won't be affected. We follow the situation closely and are in contact with the local authorities and experts monitoring the area.
Again, there is no indication that the eruption poses a risk to people, property, or air traffic.
For now, our passengers on certain routes might get lucky and enjoy the eruption site's unique views when arriving and departing from Keflavík international airport.
Watch nature's force at play (2021 volcano eruption):
Banner photo by Vilhelm Gunnarsson from the 2021 eruption.