Reykjanes volcano eruption update

On 3 August 2022, a new eruption started on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland. This an exciting event that we don’t expect to interrupt your travel plans, but we thought you might have some questions.

The eruption site is close to Fagradalsfjall, where the 2021 eruption occurred. This year, the eruption is further north in the Meradalir valley.

Will this affect my flights?
As of the time of writing this information, flight traffic has not been disrupted by the eruption. This type of eruption is unlikely to produce an ash cloud. The new eruption is similar to the one in Fagradalsfjall in 2021, when flights were not disrupted by the volcano. You can check for any updates on the Keflavík Airport website.

Will this affect my itinerary?
The eruption site is not near any major settlements or travel routes, so at the moment there is no need to change your travel plans.

Can I go and see the eruption?
Yes, the local authorities have deemed it safe to visit the Meradalir eruption site. For your safety, we do recommend a guided volcano excursion. This will allow you to take part in the unique experience of hiking to an active volcano with an expert guide. 

Can children go to the eruption site?

For safety reasons, it was decided that children under 12 years old will not be allowed on the trail or at the eruption site.

Where can I find out more about the eruption?
You can get the latest news in English from RÚV, the Icelandic state broadcaster. For more information on hiking to the Meradalir valley, please visit the Safetravel Iceland website.  We’ll also be posting more updates here very soon!