Update 24th Nov 2023:The danger level in Grindavik was downgraded yesterday, as an eruption is considered unlikely. The local airlines do not expect any restrictions on air traffic (see Icelandair statement). With the exception of the area around Grindavik, Iceland remains a safe destination.
Update 16th Nov 2023: Recent reports from the Icelandic Meteorological Office indicate a rise in seismic activity in the region since October 24th, with signs suggesting a likely volcanic eruption near Grindavík and Blue Lagoon.
In response, local authorities have carried out a preventive evacuation of the area for maximum safety. Further, Iceland's National Police Commissioner has raised the Civil Protection Service Level to "Emergency" in the same area to ensure proactive measures are in place for public safety and protection.
This current situation affects a particular section of the Reykjanes peninsula alone, and the immediate vicinity spanning a few kilometers around it. Authorities have proactively implemented road closures in these regions to guarantee the safety and well-being of everyone in the vicinity.
As a precautionary measure all tours in the Reykjanes Peninsula have been temporarily suspended. The rest of Iceland remains unaffected and continues to welcome travelers.
Iceland's location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge means that both volcanic and seismic activities are a normal part of its geological character. Regular occurrences ranging from minor tremors to larger earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, such as the recent ones in the Reykjanes Peninsula, are closely monitored by experts. On average, eruptions occur in Iceland every three years with no human casualties for a few centuries.
We would also like to remind you that international media coverage can occasionally misinterpret events. Therefore, we encourage you to seek information from our local Icelandic channels, as they are the most reliable and accurate sources for current updates and information regarding the situation in Iceland. See the links below .
The Icelandic MET office: Information on the seismic activity and development of events
The Icelandic Road Administration: Information on road conditions and closures in the Reykjanes region
Safetravel: Updates on safety
The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service: News coverage
Visit Reykjanes: More updates from the area
We will be happy to answer any further questions you may have so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Update 15th Nov 2023: The Blue Lagoon is closing for one week amid rising concerns over the seismic activity in the area and measured accumulation of magma underground in the region. The popular tourist destination will remain closed until Nov. 30.
08th Nov 2023: Due to increased seismic activity and the associated risk of a volcanic eruption, we currently adivse against travelling to Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula and the surrounding area. The tremors were recorded to the north and north-west of the Icelandic town. The warning also applies to Mount Þorbjörn and the Blue Lagoon, a popular tourist destination. We advise against visiting the geothermal baths at this time.
There has been an increase in earthquakes in the area in recent weeks. Measurements have shown that a volcanic eruption could occur quickly and suddenly. However, it is currently unclear whether an eruption will occur. Restrictions around Keflavik airport, which is also located on Reykjanes, are not expected at this time.
We strongly advise all visitors to Iceland to follow the developments on safetravel.is and to follow the recommendations. Further information is also available from the Icelandic Meteorological Office.