Volcanic Eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula


Information for Erasmus+ and ESC participants in the area

A new volcanic eruption began on July 10th between Litli-Hrútur Peak and Mt. Keilir on the Reykjanes peninsula, approximately 30 km from the Reykjavík Capital Region. This marks the third time in as many years an eruption has started in the area. According to the Icelandic Met Office, risk to populated areas and infrastructure is considered low. There are no interruptions to international aviation.

Those residing in the surrounding areas of Grindavík are advised to be aware of gas pollution from the eruption and smoke pollution following a series of moss fires due to the flowing lava. Air quality in Reykjavík and the Capital Region may be affected in the coming days as well, we advise those with respiratory issues to follow the advice of the Icelandic Met Office closely.

In case Erasmus+ and ESC participants who are located in Iceland at the moment need information on these events, we recommend that they stay informed via the Icelandic Met Office, RÚV National Broadcaster, and follow instructions from the Icelandic Emergency Services and local authorities.

For more information on any potential effect on air transport, please consult the website of Keflavík Airport.

Official Announcement from the Office of the Prime Minister: Icelandic Government Advice on the Eruption at Litli-Hrútur

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