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Iceland | Volcanic activity and avalanche risk

Vulcano (2)

The Icelandic civil protection authorities have issued a yellow alert signal for the Reykjanes volcanic area, where a strong volcanic eruption began on 18 December in the area north of the town of Grindavik and the Svartsengi geothermal plant. The roads near the eruption site remain partly closed.

The paths and tracks around the Fagradalsfjall eruption site have been reopened.

However, lava continues to accumulate in the area around Svartsengi, at such levels that, according to the latest findings from the Institute of Meteorology and Volcanology, it is believed that the possible repetition of new, strong eruptive phenomena, similar to those recorded on 18 December, are probable, even if the time forecast remains uncertain.

Furthermore, alert signal 3 was issued for the risk of avalanches in the area of ​​the north-western fjords (Tröllaskagi peninsula) and in the area of ​​the eastern fjords.

It is advisable to exercise maximum caution and not go on excursions in areas where snow conditions present risks.

It is recommended to avoid prohibited areas and to constantly monitor the information available to travelers and residents provided by the local authorities on the website/app www.safetravel.is, on the Icelandic Civil Protection website http://www.almannavarnir.is/english/ and on the website dedicated to volcano monitoring: https://icelandicvolcanos.is/

It is also advisable to always keep yourself informed, also through the media, on the meteorological conditions (http://en.vedur.is/) and road conditions (http://www.vegagerdin.is/english) and to always follow the measures recomended by the local authorities during your stay.