Today marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the 1947 Hekla eruption, the largest volcanic eruption in Iceland in the 20th century.
Katla can be one of Iceland’s most dangerous volcanoes. Earthquake activity in Katla this summer has provoked interest and fear that an eruption might be imminent. Iceland Met does not think so and has issued a report explaining why.
The Civil Protection Scientific Advisory Board met today to review new data on Bárðarbunga volcano and sent out a press release regarding the meeting.
An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale shook the Bárðarbunga volcano at 07.11 this morning.
There was a major earthquake on the northern edge of the Bárðarbunga volcanic craters at around midnight last night.
The swarm of earthquakes under the infamous Katla volcano, which had been worrying scientists this week, appears to have all but stopped.
Geologists are now investigating data that indicates that magma might be accumulating again under Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier. The Holuhraun eruption, which took place between August 31, 2014, and February 27, 2015, was part of a series of events which started in the volcano in...
Emissions of sulfur dioxide from the volcanic eruption at Holuhraun amounted to nearly 12 million tons. That is more than the total emission of the dangerous gas over the whole of Europe in 2011, according to University of Iceland scientist, Sigurður Reynir Gíslason.
Employees of Vatnajökull National Park have finished marking a hiking trail leading from the road across Dyngjusandur plains and up the northern edge of Holuhraun lava field in the northeastern highlands. The trail opened on Thursday.
The closures of the area around the new lava in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands have been lifted. The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Department of Civil Protection has downgraded the alert status from danger to uncertainty, which means that the area will no longer be...
A new road will be marked out this summer near to the site of the Holuhraun volcanic eruption. The driving track will replace the old route which was lost under the lava.
Scientists at the Icelandic Met Office have calculated that a total of 11 million tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) were emitted during the six-month Holuhraun eruption in Iceland’s northeastern highlands.
Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. The eruption began in the early hours of April 14, 2010, and it continued for six weeks, or until May 23. A video from RÚV shows the development and consequences of the eruption.
Hiking tours to the Holuhraun eruption site this upcoming summer are sold out at two tour operators, Ferðafélag Íslands (the Iceland Touring Association) and Útivist, which have mainly catered to Icelandic tourists. Other companies are also organizing trips to the eruption site ahead of the peak...
Now that tourists can visit the Holuhraun eruption site, they must pay close attention to the levels of toxic volcanic gases in the area as the lava field will continue to degas for several months. This will soon be possible on the websites vedur.is and loftgaedi.is.
The air pollution caused by volcanic gases emitted during the eruption in Holuhraun was above the health protection limit for a total of 107 hours in Höfn, Southeast Iceland. Inhabitants in Höfn were subject to air pollution for more hours than in any other community in Iceland, as revealed at a...
The restricted area around the Holuhraun eruption site has been significantly reduced. The restricted area now extends 20 m (66 feet) outside the edges of the new lava field, to the edge of Dyngjujökull outlet glacier on the south side, the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum to the east and to the...
The district council of Skútustaðahreppur by Lake Mývatn, which is responsible for naming the new natural phenomena created in the Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands, is planning to do so before the official first day of summer, April 23.
Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson, who predicted the end of the Holuhraun eruption with remarkable accuracy, wrote on his blog yesterday that there are indications that the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano, which fed the Holuhraun eruption, has begun rising again.
Scientists expect that a new lake will appear in the northeastern highlands this summer when the melt-water from Vatnajökull glacier will flow into Jökulsá á Fjöllum, making it more voluminous. The new lava from the Holuhraun eruption has blocked some of the river’s waterways, pushing the river...
Following the declaration that the half-year-long volcanic eruption at Holuhraun is over and that seismic activity at Bárðarbunga is greatly reduced, the northeast Iceland police have decided to lift their ban on access to Jökulsárgljúfur.