There is no active volcanic eruption in Iceland at the moment, the last eruption was on the 8th of February on the Reykjanes Peninsula, this is the second eruption this year in this area. The last eruption was on Sunday, January 14, near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The town had previously been evacuated, and people were not in danger.

Key Takeaways:

  • No active volcanic eruption
  • All services in Iceland are operating normally
  • Flights to and from Iceland are operating on schedule

Since October 24, 2023, scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office have been carefully monitoring increased seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula, which is considered a possible precursor to a volcanic eruption in the area. This development resulted in a short eruption that lasted from December 18-21, 2023, near the town of Grindavík. Volcanic activity returned on Sunday, January 14, when lava flow resumed in the area. All residents had previously been evacuated from the town.This is a highly localized event, and the effects of the eruption are contained in the immediate area surrounding the eruption site. Iceland generally remains unaffected, and daily life outside of Grindavík proceeds as normal.

Iceland is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge, making it one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Regular seismic events, ranging from minor tremors to significant earthquakes, are a characteristic feature of Iceland’s geology. Seismic activity in Iceland is often due to magma movement beneath the earth’s crust. It may sometimes result in magma seeking the easiest path to the surface and becoming a volcanic eruption.

The Icelandic Met Office, in collaboration with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland, is actively monitoring the situation and thoroughly analyzing any unfolding developments. Iceland is no stranger to volcanic activity. Four eruptions have occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the last three 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.

 

 

Since earthquakes began in late October 2023, you might be wondering whether it’s safe to visit Iceland. Scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office are closely monitoring earthquakes near Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula and any irregular activity will be reported promptly. Fortunately, Iceland is a very vast country and the rest of Iceland is unaffected by the seismic activity and continues to welcome visitors.

The Blue Lagoon is the only attraction that is closed now due to the proximity of the eruption area and for their clients safety and we have already come up with alternative options such as the Sky Lagoon, Hvammsvik Geothermal Baths or our buggy tour. We are very used to dealing with uncertainty in Iceland when it comes to the weather and nature. Your safety and overall experience is the most important thing to us. The Icelandic authorities have asserted that these earthquakes aren’t dangerous. Flights to Iceland, along with the Ring Road, the main route around the country are unaffected. This means you can go ahead with your trip in Iceland.

 

You can read more about our extended travel insurance here and our book and travel with confidence policy.

Updated: 28 February, 2024

Is there a volcanic eruption happening in Iceland?

There is no active volcanic eruption in Iceland at the moment. The Second eruption this year started on 8 February, 2024. The last eruption was on Sunday, January 14, near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The town had previously been evacuated, and people were not in danger. Preliminary reports suggest that the lava flows are less voluminous than the previous eruption in December last year. Fortunately, Iceland is a very vast country and the rest of Iceland is unaffected by the seismic activity and continues to welcome visitors.

How far are the earthquakes from Reykjavík?

The earthquakes are happening close to Þorbjörn mountain, which is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Reykjavík. The authorities say people are not in any immediate danger.

Is it safe to visit Iceland?

Yes, it’s safe to visit Iceland. There are no flight disruptions due to the earthquakes and the main road around Iceland. At the moment, there is no need to cancel your trip to Iceland. 

 

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

Will this affect my flights?

At this moment flights in and out of Iceland are operating on schedule. The Reykjanes peninsula experienced volcanic eruptions in 2021, 2022, and earlier in July 2023, which did not disrupt ongoing tours or flights. Scientists believe that flights are unlikely to be affected if there’s another eruption in the area.

Can I visit Reykjavik?

Yes, it’s safe to visit Reykjavík. The earthquakes are currently occurring near þorbjörn mountain, which is around 40 kilometres (25 miles) away from the Icelandic capital.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Our updated cancellation insurance makes sure that you can book your trip with more confidence. You can rebook your luxury tour, on one occasion, without any change fees. Or you may cancel your trip for any reason with the following terms:

  • More than two weeks prior to arrival: 30% of the full amount becomes credit
  • Less than two weeks prior to arrival: 50% of the full amount becomes credit
  • Less than 72 hours prior to arrival: No refund and no credit

You can read more about our extended travel insurance here and our book and travel with confidence policy.

We always recommend all travelers to get comprehensive personal travel insurance. Please note that the credit is only valid for 12 months from the date the cancellation is received and will go against your new similar trip total cost for new selected dates. All cancellations need to be sent in writing to [email protected].