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Latest information from the Civil Protection and Emergency Management regarding the eruption on Reykjanesskagi

Volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula

What We Know:

  • Location of the eruption: Between Hagafell and Stóra-Skógfell.
  • Air traffic to and from Iceland is operating normally, and Iceland remains a safe destination.
  • The eruption’s effects are localized to the eruption site with road closures and do not threaten people.  
  • All services in Iceland are operating as usual.

A new fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula by Hagafell and Stóra-Skógfell, near Grindavík​ at 8:23 PM on March 16. This marks the fourth eruption in the area since December of 2023.

The Grindavik town had previously been evacuated and people were not in danger. This 4th eruption in almost the same spot since December 18 and the 7th volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in almost 2 years. None of the eruptions have had an impact on travel to and from Iceland and none of them has caused harm to people.

Flights to and from Iceland operate on schedule, and disruption to flight traffic is considered highly unlikely.

Updated news for travellers can be found here:
Iceland Tourist Board

Iceland is highly prepared 
Iceland is no stranger to volcanic activity and experiences an average volcanic event every five years. Icelandic authorities and the public are highly prepared for such events, and Iceland has one of the world’s most effective volcanic preparedness measures. Iceland’s geoscientists possess vast experience in dealing with volcanic activities.


This map shows the location of Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

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