Nature & Travel

Looking over Jökulsárgljúfur through a cave.

No Eruption, Jökulsá Still Quiet, Alert Phase Lowered

The alert phase for flights over Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier has been lowered from red to orange. It has been confirmed that there was no volcanic eruption in Dyngjujökull outlet glacier yesterday. The water flow in glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which is...

Emergency Phase to Stay in Effect, Reevaluated Tomorrow

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police in collaboration with the District Commissioners of Police in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður has decided that the emergency phase will stay in effect. The decision will be evaluated at noon tomorrow, 24 August.

Construction of a barrier to protect the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Barrier in Case of Flood under Construction

Work has begun on constructing a barrier to protect the foundations of the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum to Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, to prevent it from being washed away should a large flood occur.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum bridge

To Flood or Not to Flood?

In the wake of the start of the eruption of Bárðarbunga at the Dyngjujökull glacier, scientists are continuing to consider the possible effects of the event. One of the biggest topics of discussion has been the possibility of the flooding of the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum.

Earthquakes in Iceland

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake in Bárðarbunga

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit in Bárðarbunga volcano at around 11:00 am this morning. The earthquake was at a depth of 3 km, which is much shallower than most of the other earthquakes in the area in recent days.

Húsavík harbor

Civil Protection and Residents to Discuss Possible Eruption

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management in Iceland will meet with emergency response organizations and stakeholders, including farmers, in Húsavík, North Iceland, at midday today to discuss the possible upcoming eruption and glacial outburst flood in Bárðarbunga volcano.

Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption

Eruption May Cause Monumental Flood

If an eruption occurs, it will be under a glacier between 150 and 600 meters thick, resulting in significant meltwater and a flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum a glacial river. The river might increase 10 to 40-fold.

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010

Disruption to Air Traffic Could be Significant

A volcanic eruption in Bárðarbunga could have a great an impact on air travel as the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption did, according to Friðþór Eydal, a spokesperson for ISAVIA, the company which operates airports in Iceland.