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New eruption has started

The eruption seen from Ásbrú, Reykjanesbær.
The eruption seen from Ásbrú, Reykjanesbær.

An eruption started this morning (February 8.) on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The eruption is located northeast of Sýlingarfell. The eruption is the sixth one in Reykjanes in the last three years.

At 5:30 this morning an intense seismic activity started north-east of Mt. Sýlingarfell. Around 30 minutes later, a volcanic eruption started at the site. The eruptive fissure lengthened both towards north and south during the first minutes. 

The first images from the Icelandic Coast Guard's surveillance flight suggest that the eruption is taking place at a similar location as the eruption on the 18th of December 2023. The eruptive fissure is approximately 3 km long, from Mt. Sundhnúkur in the south and stretches towards the eastern part of Mt. Stóra-Skógfell. Lava flows mostly towards the west at the moment and the flow seems to be slightly less than at the start of the 18th of December eruption.

The lava fountains reach about 50-80 m in height and the volcanic plume rises about 3 km above the eruptive fissure.

The access to the area is closed and road no. 43 towards Grindavik has been closed. Road closures can be viewed at

The eruption can be seen from the main road no. 41 (Reykjanesbraut), but visitors are advised not to stop the cars on the highway. Here below is a map with locations of good viewing sites.

Useful links to monitor and review updates on the events: