Iceland Volcanic Eruption Update: Travel Safety and Your Rights Explained

ByTravelling For Business

March 18, 2024
Here's what you need to know about traveling to Iceland post-eruption and your rights if you have a holiday booked.Here's what you need to know about traveling to Iceland post-eruption and your rights if you have a holiday booked.

As Iceland grapples with volcanic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula, travellers are understandably concerned about the safety of visiting the country. Here’s what you need to know about traveling to Iceland post-eruption and your rights if you have a trip booked.

Since November 2023, Icelandic authorities have closely monitored seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula, culminating in a recent eruption on the evening of 16 March. Lava flows have approached the town of Grindavik, leading to evacuations in the area.

According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), the eruption began with a 2.9-km-long fissure, reminiscent of a previous eruption in February 2024. While the lava flow initially moved at a speed of 1km per hour, it has since slowed substantially, though the eruption persists.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises travelers to stay informed through local media and follow authorities’ guidance regarding travel to affected areas. Notably, the capital city, Reykjavik, and other parts of Iceland remain unaffected.

Keflavik airport, a vital North Atlantic hub, remains operational despite its proximity to the eruption site. Isavia, the airport operator, has confirmed that flights are continuing as scheduled.

For travelers currently in Iceland, departure from the country is possible as long as the international airport remains open. Isavia assures that Keflavik airport and regional airports are fully operational. However, changing flights without penalty may not be feasible at present.

To stay updated on the situation, travelers are advised to monitor resources such as the Icelandic Met Office, Safe Travel Iceland, and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

While uncertainties persist, staying informed and following official guidance is paramount for travelers navigating the aftermath of the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

The FCDO advises travellers to check the following resources for updates: