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The eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula

The length of the fissure has decreased but it is still erupting.
Screenshot from live feed this morning, 19. December 2023
Screenshot from live feed this morning, 19. December 2023

An eruption started on the evening of the 18th of December in the Reykjanes peninsula. This marks the fourth eruption in our region in three years.

This eruption is by Sundhnúksgígar.

The Reykjanes region is getting well-acquainted with volcanic activity, having experienced three previous eruptions in 2021, 2022, and summer 2023. Icelandic authorities and the public are thoroughly prepared for such events, and the country boasts some of the world's most sophisticated volcanic preparedness protocols. Iceland's geoscientists are extensively experienced in managing volcanic activity.

Although it is a spectacular vision it is important to take all necessary precautions. 

  • The eruption site is closed and therefore hiking in the area is prohibited. Please respect the closures and follow the instructions of the authorities.
  • The eruption is best viewed online with a live feed on the media sites and or from viewing sites from the towns of Reykjanesbær and Vogar.
  • The eruption is at the moment at a safe distance from the town of Grindavik and other structures. It does not pose an immediate threat to people, and no additional evacuations are necessary at this time.
  • The highway Reykjanesbraut (no. 41) is open and operating as usual and the international airport in Keflavík is functioning normally. All flights are currently operating on schedule. The impact of volcanic eruptions tends to be limited to specific, localized areas near the eruption site. Notably, previous eruptions in the area did not impact air travel to and from the country.

Useful links to monitor and review updates on the events:

  • The Icelandic MET office: Latest information on the seismic activity and development of events. The Icelandic Meteorological Office is observing and monitoring the eruption, analyzing developments and updating on any changes in cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland.