Volcanic eruption on Reykjanes peninsula in December 2023

A fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula by Mt. Stóra-Skógfell on Thursday, February 8 at 6:06 AM. Photo: Snorri Thor, taken on December 18, 2023.

No signs of eruptive activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula

A new fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula by Mt. Stóra-Skógfell on Thursday, February 8th at 6:06 AM. Since early February 9, the eruption has subsided significantly and there has been no visible activity since 8 AM that day. This marks the third eruption in the area since December of last year.

Key Takeaways:
  • Air traffic to and from Iceland is operating normally, and Iceland remains a safe destination.
  • The eruption's effects are localized at the eruption site with road closures and do not threaten people.  
  • All services in Iceland are operating as usual.  

Since October last year, The Icelandic Meteorological Office has observed increased geophysical activity in the area. This activity has led to repeated volcanic eruptions close to the town of Grindavík. The town has been evacuated with brief intermissions since November 10th to guarantee the safety of residents. The eruption does not pose an immediate threat to people, and no further evacuations are necessary at this time. 

All airports in Iceland are functioning normally, and all flights to Iceland are operating on schedule. The impact of volcanic eruptions is most often limited to specific, localized areas near the eruption site. Notably, previous eruptions on the Reykjanes Peninsula have not disrupted air travel to and from the country in any way. 

The Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland are diligently monitoring the situation and analyzing developments.  

Iceland is well-acquainted with volcanic activity, having experienced three previous eruptions nearby on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 2021, 2022, and 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. 

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Volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula has ceased.