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Eruption Travel Advice

The glow from the Holuhraun eruption and a cloud tainted blue.

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Q: What travel advice do you have for visitors to Iceland in the coming weeks given the unknown nature of the volcanic eruption and possibly a “big” one at Bárðarbunga? In the event of an ash cloud, how far does the ash (typically) spread over distance?

Ajit.

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A: It is important to point out that over the past 100 years, there has been an average of one eruption every second year in Iceland. If there is a big eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, which is far from inhabited areas and 200 km (120 miles) from Reykjavík, the ash cloud will probably be visible in the southeastern and northeastern parts of the country. How far the ash spreads depends on the wind direction but northern parts of Europe, Russia, Greenland and even parts of Canada could be affected, as was the case with Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. 

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