Nature & Travel

Construction of a barrier to protect the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Barrier in Case of Flood under Construction

Work has begun on constructing a barrier to protect the foundations of the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum to Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, to prevent it from being washed away should a large flood occur.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum bridge

To Flood or Not to Flood?

In the wake of the start of the eruption of Bárðarbunga at the Dyngjujökull glacier, scientists are continuing to consider the possible effects of the event. One of the biggest topics of discussion has been the possibility of the flooding of the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum.

Earthquakes in Iceland

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake in Bárðarbunga

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit in Bárðarbunga volcano at around 11:00 am this morning. The earthquake was at a depth of 3 km, which is much shallower than most of the other earthquakes in the area in recent days.

Húsavík harbor

Civil Protection and Residents to Discuss Possible Eruption

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management in Iceland will meet with emergency response organizations and stakeholders, including farmers, in Húsavík, North Iceland, at midday today to discuss the possible upcoming eruption and glacial outburst flood in Bárðarbunga volcano.

Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption

Eruption May Cause Monumental Flood

If an eruption occurs, it will be under a glacier between 150 and 600 meters thick, resulting in significant meltwater and a flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum a glacial river. The river might increase 10 to 40-fold.

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010

Disruption to Air Traffic Could be Significant

A volcanic eruption in Bárðarbunga could have a great an impact on air travel as the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption did, according to Friðþór Eydal, a spokesperson for ISAVIA, the company which operates airports in Iceland.

Map of seismic activity at Bárðarbunga, August 20

Three Hundred Earthquakes Since Midnight

Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier is ongoing. Around 300 earthquakes were recorded between midnight and 8:00 am this morning. The largest earthquake occurred just before 4:00 am and measured 3.0 in magnitude.


Bárðarbunga Volcano Named after Norse Viking

Bárðarbunga volcano, located under Vatnajökull glacier, which has been showing heightened signs of activity in recent days, is named after settler Bárður Bjarnason, later called Gnúpa-Bárður, from the Sognefjord in West Norway.

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010

How to Pronounce Bárðarbunga Volcano

Now that Bárðarbunga volcano has made international headlines, following around 2,600 earthquakes in the area since 3:00 am on Saturday morning and a possible eruption on its way, people are wondering how on earth to pronounce this latest Icelandic volcanic feature to make waves.