Volcano Alert:  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland December 19, 2023

Location:  Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland

Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological (Met) Office and news media reported a volcanic eruption started at 10:17 p.m., north of Sundhnúkur on Sundhnúkagýgaröðin about 2 miles (4 km) north of Grindavik, which is 26 miles (42 km) due southwest of Reykjavik, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, on December 18, 2023.  Iceland Civil Protection is asking the public not to go to the site while responders assess the situation.

All roads to Grindavik are closed.  There are limited current impacts to flight operations at Keflavik Airport (KEF).  Airlines will base their flight operation decisions on ash forecasts and other factors from the Icelandic Met Office and its partners.  If you have pending travel plans, contact your airline or check their website for information.

U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local news and government websites for detailed information and to follow Civil Protection instructions.

Actions to Take:


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