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02/13/2024 | 2:00 PM

Volcanic activity – flights not affected

Last updated: February 13, 2024

The recent volcanic activity in the Southwest region of Iceland has had no impact on flight connections to and from Iceland.

The most recent eruption started early morning on February 8, and lasted for less than two days.

Lava from the latest eruption, covering snowy ground on the Reykjanes peninsula. Photo credit: Árni Sæberg.

The safety of our passengers and staff is always our number one priority and at the heart of every decision we make. Together with experts, we closely monitor any volcanic activity, and inform our passengers of any new developments using the contact details registered in their booking (you can update them in Manage booking).

Location of volcanic activity

The latest volcanic activity was the third eruption since December 2023. All have been localized to the Grindavík area, and the lava flow for each eruption has ceased within 72 hours.

The eruption on February 8 occurred in the same area as the December activity, close to the Sundhnúksgígar crater row. Currently there is no visible activity within the fissures and the Icelandic Met Office has confirmed that the latest eruption is now finished.


Our preparedness

Iceland is a volcanic island, with many active volcano systems. Eruptions and earthquakes are a part of our DNA, and we Icelanders are always well prepared for volcanic events. The country’s incredible nature has given us excellent training and expertise to deal with unique situations.

In fact, we’ve now experienced six eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula over the last four years:

  • The first three, at Fagradalsfjall in 2021, 2022 and July 2023, were so-called ‘tourist eruptions’ that thousands of locals and tourists witnessed and enjoyed.
  • The fourth eruption was at the Sundhnúksgígar crater row on December 18, 2023, and lava flow stopped within 72 hours.
  • The fifth eruption was close to the town of Grindavík, beginning on January 14, 2024. The seismic activity in the area, coupled with the January eruption, has had a devastating effect on this small community.
  • The sixth eruption began on February 8, close to the site of the fourth eruption. The lava flow stopped within 48 hours.

None of the recent eruptions affected flight schedules or operations at Keflavík airport.

Did you know that there are currently over 40 volcanoes erupting around the globe without significantly disrupting air traffic?

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For more information on the situation, we recommend the following sites:

Safetravel – general information on safety in the area

Icelandic Road Authority road closures in the Southwest

Icelandic Meteorological Office detailed updates from experts

Visit Reykjanes news for the region

RÚV live blog in English from the national broadcaster links to livestreams from the Grindavík area

Government of Iceland official information from the Icelandic government

Air quality check the air quality across the country

The volcanic reawakening of the Reykjanes peninsula

  • A new era of volcanic activity: The 2021 eruption was the first volcanic eruption in Iceland in 6 years and the first one in the Reykjanes peninsula in 800 years.
  • The 2021 eruption: The eruption was situated in the Geldingadalir valley next to the mountain named Fagradalsfjall. The location was compared to a massive bathtub that lava can slowly pour into. The eruption began on March 19, 2021, and lasted for 6 months before ceasing in September.
  • The 2022 eruption: On August 3, 2022, the volcano restarted, erupting from a fissure in the Meradalir valley, not far from the crater that erupted for the longest period during the 2021 eruption. It ended on August 21, 2022.
  • The July 2023 eruption: On July 4, 2023, significant seismic activity resumed on Reykjanes, indicating that a new eruption might start in the area between the mountains Keilir and Fagradalsfjall. On July 10, a small eruption started at Litli Hrútur, close to Fagradalsfjall. It ended on August 6, 2023.

Photo: Aerial view of the lava fields from the Fagradalsfjall volcano.


Previous eruptions

We've kept a close eye on the Fagradalsfjall volcano eruptions over the past three summers (2021 to 2023). These eruptions had no impact on flight operations, and they occurred a relative distance from infrastructure and towns.

We invite you to read more about their magnetic appeal.