An eruption just started in the Fagradalsfjall area, following an eruption in 2021 and 2022. The eruption is just to the northwest of the previous eruption site, just north of Litli Hrútur but south from Mt. Keilir.
At Lava Centre, we believe in empowering visitors with knowledge and fostering a deep appreciation for the raw power of volcanic activity. As news spread of the third consecutive volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall, the excitement among geology enthusiasts and adventure seekers has reached new heights. Our very own Ari Trausti Guðmundsson wrote a short article that provided invaluable insights into the potential eruption, discussing the signs, geological factors, and expectations surrounding this event.
Earthquake Activity in the Fagradalsfjall Area: A Prelude to the Main Act
Before the previous eruption, seismic activity served as a prelude, capturing the attention of experts and nature enthusiasts alike. A regularly updated article by the Icelandic Meteorological Office, delves into the earthquake activity in the Fagradalsfjall area, shedding light on the geological processes at play. These tremors were a testament to the dynamic nature of the Earth’s crust, signalling the imminent eruption that would captivate the world. As the quakes continued an eruption became more likely. We encourage you to delve deep into the articles published every day to expand your understanding of volcanic events and their consequences.
Witnessing the Spectacle: Live Web Cameras
In our quest to offer an immersive experience, we share most of the current live web cameras at the eruption site of Fagradalsfjall. These seven cameras allow you to witness the Fagradalsfjall eruption in real time, if or when it happens. These cameras provide unique perspectives, capturing the raw beauty and possible destructive power of volcanic activity. The most accurate one now in the early hours of the eruption is the one below and number 1 on the list. We know that the cameras will be moved to give a better view of the eruption site now that it is established but we hope the links will be the same (We will follow up on this and update the list).
Join us on this visual journey as we explore the live feeds from Fagradalsfjall.
- View to the north: https://youtu.be/yJfiMhqLgTY
- View to the south: https://youtu.be/_q1N4J5oTSE
- Merardalir eruption site: https://youtu.be/aJP-8kLa3N0
- Geldingadalir Panorama: https://youtu.be/3uE8TEdK4C4
- Geldingadalir, direction north: https://youtu.be/dPtOhow3KY0
- Geldingadalir, various views: https://youtu.be/uZGleOgreBY
- Geldingadalir, close up: https://youtu.be/LMb66idO7DE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1: What safety measures are in place for visitors interested in witnessing the eruption up close?
A1: Lava Centre prioritises safety above all else. Visitors are advised to follow the guidance of local authorities and adhere to designated viewing areas. Respect the volcanic landscape and stay informed about any potential hazards. We recommend following the following sites carefully: safetraveliceland.is, The Icelandic Met Office and the Department for Civil Protection and Emergency Management.
Q2: How long is the eruption expected to last?
A2: The duration of volcanic eruptions can vary. While it is challenging to predict with absolute certainty, experts estimate that the Fagradalsfjall eruption may continue for weeks, months, or even longer. It will most likely be similar to the previous two but many things indicate that this one might be the most powerful to date.
Q3: Can I visit Fagradalsfjall and experience the eruption in person?
A3: Access to the eruption site is subject to local regulations and safety considerations. It is crucial to stay updated on the latest information from local authorities and volcanic monitoring agencies. As for now, the area is closed until the authorities have established a better understanding of the size, location and toxicity. Safe Travel will be the easiest place to follow updates in the matter. The staff at LAVA Centre will also be able to give some directions.
Q4: Are there any guided tours or excursions available to explore the volcanic landscape?
A4: Various tour operators offer guided excursions to witness the Fagradalsfjall eruption safely. These tours provide valuable insights from knowledgeable guides and ensure a memorable experience. Our recommended tours are the Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark, the Fagradalsfjall eruption site private tour and the Fagradalsfjall Volcano helicopter tour from Reykjavík.
We also believe the tour operators will set up new tours as soon as the area opens again. Follow our recommended volcano tour desk
Q5: How does the eruption at Fagradalsfjall contribute to our understanding of volcanic activity?
A5: Each volcanic eruption presents a unique opportunity for scientists and researchers to study volcanic processes, enhance hazard assessments, and deepen our understanding of Earth’s geology. What is unique with Fagradalsfjall is that the magma comes from the mantle via a dyke and not through a magma chamber like in established volcanic systems.
Q6: Where can I learn more about the eruption at Fagradalsfjall?
A6: Lava Centre offers a wealth of knowledge about volcanic eruptions, including the Fagradalsfjall eruption. Visit Lava Centre’s interactive exhibition to discover in-depth information and insights from experts in the field. Another source is Twitter using the hashtag #fagradalsfjall. The Icelandic Met Office has the most reliable up-to-date data.
Embrace the Sage
As we conclude our first exploration of the third Fagradalsfjall eruption, we invite you to embark on a virtual journey through the live web cameras, witnessing the raw power of nature and the breathtaking beauty of volcanic activity. At Lava Centre, we are committed to sharing knowledge, fostering curiosity, and igniting a passion for geology. Embrace the Sage within you as you delve into the wonders of Fagradalsfjall and deepen your appreciation for the captivating world of volcanoes.
Remember, safety should always be a priority when experiencing volcanic events. Stay informed, follow guidance from local authorities, and enjoy this awe-inspiring display of nature’s might.