Volcanic Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland

Location:  Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland

Event:  Icelandic authorities continue to monitor the ongoing volcanic eruption near Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavik and southeast of Keflavik, which began on July 10.  Flight operations at Keflavik International Airport have not been affected.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office notes that the eruption site is not a safe area.  New erupting fissures or craters may open without notice.  Stay out of the marked hazard zone and follow the instructions of Icelandic authorities.

Authorities periodically close the area because of hazards posed by lava, gases, and heavy smoke from the fires ignited by the lava.  When permitted, visitors planning to hike the authorized, unimproved trail should be aware that the hike is six to eight hours and about 12 miles (20 km) round-trip and is considered strenuous.  Adequate hiking shoes, water, food, and warm clothing are essential.  Weather conditions in Iceland can change suddenly.  Do not walk on new lava—it may be only a thin crust with molten lava just below the surface.  Commercially available face masks (e.g., dust masks, N95, surgical/medical) offer no protection against volcanic gases that may accumulate in low lying areas.

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U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland
+354-595-2248 (after hours)