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Updates regarding the eruption site

There is no eruption ongoing

No signs of eruption by Sundhnúksgígar.

The Icelandic MET office and scientists have been monitoring the site since the beginning of the eruption on the 18th of December. Today there has been no sign of an eruption since December 21. The area is still being monitored because of the uncertainty of further eruptions.  

The eruption area is closed to visitors including the town of Grindavík, the new eruption site by Sundhnúksgígar and the eruption sites in Mt. Fagradalsfjall. 

The local authorities will provide updates on changes regarding the sites and openings. The roads are closed as shown in the image below and any updates can be followed on All other sites can be visited that are located outside the red-marked roads. 

Please take note of the following and the links below for further information:

  • 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 international or domestic air travel.

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.