Icelandic authorities have declared a state of emergency due to increased seismic activity in the Reykjanes Peninsula, signaling a potential eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano. Evacuations have been implemented, affecting thousands of residents. Although Keflavik International Airport remains open, concerns linger over the impact on air travel if an eruption occurs.
The aviation alert has been raised to orange, indicating a heightened risk. Flights are currently unaffected, but authorities are closely monitoring the situation, with airlines prepared to provide updates to passengers if conditions change.
The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Iceland, indicating an increased risk of a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula. While no 'no-go' warning has been issued, visitors are urged to avoid the town of Grindavík and follow local authorities' guidance. The Blue Lagoon, a major tourist attraction, has temporarily closed due to geological unrest. Travel insurance coverage may be affected, and travelers are advised to check policy details. Despite advisory notices, airlines and holiday companies are operating as usual. Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs also advises caution in the affected areas.