An eruption began in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull glacier, just after midnight. Lava fountains were visible on a webcam by Míla at two minutes past midnight. White steam can now be seen coming up from the eruption site.
News 2014 - August
According to Ómar Ragnarsson, pilot and journalist who flew over the Holuhraun volcanic eruption this morning, there were northern lights over the lava fountains, creating a spectacular show of lights.
The eruption north of Vatnajökull glacier will not affect air traffic to and from Keflavík International Airport unless it changes in character.
Here we provide some information on Bárðarbunga, the volcano that has now erupted. The eruption is currently not under the glacier, so lava is coming up and ash production is limited. This also reduces the threat of a flood.
Farmer Bragi Benediktsson at Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum, Northeast Iceland, says that he sees the glow from the eruption in Holuhraun and that visibility is good. His farm is located about 100 km (60 miles) from the eruption site.
A volcanic eruption has started in Holuhraun lava field north of Vatnajökull glacier. This can be seen on web cameras, RÚV reports.