The lava river in Holuhraun.

Concerns about Acid Spring Melt

Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun has resulted in acid snow which has been accumulating in the highlands. Scientists are concerned that the acid levels in rivers and lakes may rise sharply when the snow melts in the spring.

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

High SO2 Pollution Levels in Southeast Iceland

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, has reached 1,340 mµ/m3 this morning. The pollution is expected to move to North and Northeast Iceland this afternoon.

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun: Overview of Activity

The Scientific Advisory Board has reviewed data about the development of events in Bárðarbunga volcano and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun from the beginning of the unrest until present day. The new lava field is the largest in Iceland since the Laki eruption (1783-1784) and probably the...

Holuhraun eruption lava

Fluctuating Lava Flow in Holuhraun

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues to be strong, although its productivity has decreased from mid-September. The activity is similar to what it has been in the last two weeks but the lava flow is more fluctuating.

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Holuhraun Eruption Intensity Unchanged

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as it has for the last two weeks, as reported in the latest Status Report from the Civil Protection Department. Lava continues to flow out of the lava lake in the crater.

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Travel Association Discusses Access to Eruption

Members of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association met in Akureyri yesterday to discuss cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection and other supervisory authorities on organizing trips to the eruption in Holuhraun. The association would like to see the ban on entering the area lifted...

SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Meeting Today to Discuss Eruption Pollution

An information meeting about the sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands will be held at the Icelandic Met Office on Bústaðavegur 7 in Reykjavík at 2:30 pm today.

The sun above the new lava.

New Holuhraun Lava Field Keeps Expanding

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as it has for the last two weeks. Lava continues to flow out of the lava lake in the crater to the east-southeast. The lava field now measures approximately 72 square km and is twice the size of Lake Mývatn.

The Holuhraun eruption seen from a distance, across a lava field.

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake Hits Bárðarbunga

An earthquake of 5.4 in magnitude hit the northern caldera rim of Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier at 1:37 am yesterday. Following the event, seismic activity in the intrusive dike, connecting the volcano with the eruption in Holuhraun, increased slightly.

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

Acid Rain from Eruption Found around Iceland

Acid rain has been found in 40 percent of samples of rainwater collected by the Icelandic Met Office in various locations around Iceland since September. The acidity level has dropped as low as pH 3, while regular precipitation has a pH level of 5-6.

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, September 10, 2014

Residents to Meet to Discuss Eruption Pollution

A community meeting will be held in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, at 8 pm tonight to discuss the impact of the ongoing volcanic eruption in Holuhraun. Representatives of the Earth Sciences Institute, the Directorate of Health, the Icelandic Met Office, the Environment Agency of Iceland and the Civic...

Storm in Reykjavík

Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.

The Holuhraun eruption fissure and ash.

Eruption Emitting up to 60,000 Tons of SO2 Per Day

Between 2,000 and 3,000 truckloads of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are being emitted daily from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands, according to Jónas Elíasson, seismic engineer at the University of Iceland.

Reykjavík houses

Particle Pollution Levels Exceed Limit in Reykjavík

The concentration of particulate matter (PM10) was above the health limit yesterday and earlier today and is expected to exceed the limit again tomorrow, according to a press release from Reykjavík City Council. The pollution is in part caused by the use of studded tires during the winter months...

Sulfur dioxide pollution visible over Reykjavík

Pollution Forecast across Northwest Iceland Tomorrow

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun is expected mainly across western Iceland today but at low levels. Tomorrow, the pollution may be felt in many places northwest of the eruption site, according to the latest forecast from the Icelandic Met Office.

Pollution from the eruption at Þingvellir

Sulfur Dioxide Pollution in Reykjavík

The level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the Holuhraun eruption reached close to 1,000 mµ/m3 in the capital area during the night. At levels above 600 mµ/m3 individuals with underlying conditions are likely to experience respiratory symptoms and outdoor activity is advised against.

SO2 pollution haze in Reykjavík on November 4, 2011.

SO2 Pollution in Northeast Iceland

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the Holuhraun eruption remains in Northeast Iceland. Last night, the level of SO2 reached close to 2,500 mµ/m3 in Vopnafjörður. People were advised to remain indoors, close their windows and turn on the heating.


More than One Hundred Quakes in 24 Hours

The eruption in Holuhraun is still active, but the Icelandic Met Office says the underground magma flow seems to be minimal. In the past 24 hours around 100 earthquakes have shaken Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Storm in Reykjavík

Storm Hits South Iceland, Strong Gale Warning

A storm is currently raging in South Iceland, reaching a speed of 40 meters per second at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and 50 meters per second in the strongest squalls at Stórhöfði, below the Eyjafjöll mountains and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.