People watch Iceland's newest volcano erupting in July 2023 near Litli Hrútur.

Iceland’s Potential New Volcanic Eruption: What You Need to Know

A potential new volcanic eruption is anticipated in Iceland. The eruption site is quite far away from Hotel Rangá, and we do not anticipate that this eruption will affect our guests' travel plans. However, it is always good to be prepared and informed. As a result, we've gathered valuable information for travelers headed to Iceland. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about Iceland's potential new volcanic eruption.

Iceland–also known as the land of ice and fireis doing what she does best. That’s right, a volcano is likely getting ready to emerge from deep underneath the earth’s surface. Iceland’s potential new volcanic eruption is located near the town of Grindavík, about 129 km (80 mi) from Hotel Rangá.

There is very little chance that the eruption will affect guests at Hotel Rangá–the distance is simply too far. However, it is important to be aware of the ever-changing state of this potential eruption. Read our latest blog post to learn more about the potential eruption so that you can stay safe and informed. 

Green northern lights dance above Hotel Rangá luxury hotel in south Iceland.
Green northern lights dance above Hotel Rangá. Photo by Herman Desmet.

Current Status Of Iceland’s Potential New Volcanic Eruption

Iceland’s New Volcanic Eruption & Earthquakes: Updated 22nd of November 2023 at 5:00PM

Iceland is now anticipating a possible volcanic eruption. Thousands of earthquakes, with two surpassing a magnitude 5.0, shook Iceland‘s Reykjanes Peninsula on Friday, the 10th of November 2023. This likely indicates a potential volcanic eruption is on its way.

As a result, the authorities have declared a state of emergency. Most of the earthquakes have occurred in and around the fishing village of Grindavík, 129 km (80 mi) from Hotel Rangá. These seismic activities signal an elevated probability of volcanic eruption in the region.

As of November 22nd, a volcanic eruption has not yet occurred. It is not possible to predict whether an eruption will occur. The Icelandic Met Office is continuously monitoring the situation. Earthquakes continue to take place near Grindavík; however, they are less powerful. The evacuation measures are still in place and visitors are prohibited from the area.

People watch Iceland's newest volcano erupting in July 2023 near Litli Hrútur.
People watch Iceland’s volcano erupting in July 2023 near Litli Hrútur.. Photo by Ása Steinarsdóttir.

Evacuation of Grindavík

As a result, a complete evacuation of the town Grindavik was initiated before midnight of 10th of November 2023. The Meteorological Office warned of possible volcanic fissures opening near or within the town.

Specialists suggest that a magmatic dike might have developed directly beneath the town. Dikes are magma sheets of magma that travel through existing fractures in rock or create new cracks, with the largest volcanoes potentially hosting hundreds of them.

There are many possible scenarios. At this point, we have to wait and see what happens. Though none of the volcanic activity should affect guests at Hotel Rangá, we must think of our friends and neighbors in Grindavík. If you wish to donate to the Iceland Red Cross, you can do so at this link.

Iceland's New Volcanic Eruption the feisure
Iceland’s New Volcanic Eruption, the current length of the fissure

Potential New Volcanic Eruption In Iceland: What You Need to Know

  • Scientists express a strong likelihood of a volcanic eruption occurring in Iceland near the town of Grindavík.
  • Currently, there’s no indication that the new volcanic eruption will impact flights to and from Iceland. There is also no indication that the potential eruption will affect travel in other regions outside the affected area. The potential effects on air traffic will depend on the eruption’s location and size.
  • The current length of the fissure is approximately 15km, extending from Kálfafellsheiði northeast of Svartsengi to the southwest, ultimately reaching into the ocean.
  • Currently, the lava is situated at a depth of 800 meters, reaching its most shallow point and closest proximity to the surface.
  • It is currently safe to travel to Iceland and stay at Hotel Rangá.

Is there a volcano currently erupting in Iceland?

Not yet. There are currently no volcanoes erupting in Iceland. However, the Reykjanes peninsula is experiencing a heightened frequency of earthquakes and signs of volcanic activity, surpassing normal levels. This does indicate that a new volcanic eruption could occur.

People watch from afar as the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupts, sending red hot lava down its side.
People watch from afar as the the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupts.

Is it safe to go to Iceland right now?

Yes, it is safe to go to Iceland right now. Flights to Keflavík International Airport are proceeding as scheduled, along with services to Akureyri airport in the northeast.

The Icelandic Met Office revised the hazard map for the eruption site. Visitors are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring local media for updates. Check for detailed alerts about the eruption and any other travels in Iceland.

Has the potential eruption caused any road closures?

Yesat this time the roads surrounding the town of Grindavík are currently closed. However, you can still safely travel from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík, Hotel Rangá and other parts of Iceland on road 1. You can check current road closures at

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Hotel Rangá, a luxury resort in South Iceland. Photograph by Stefan Liebermann.

Is Hotel Rangá close to the new volcanic sight?

Hotel Rangá is situated at a safe distance from the volcanic site, ensuring the well-being of all our guests traveling to and from Iceland. The town of Grindavík is approximately 129 km (80 mi) or 2 hours away from our resort.

Why is the Blue Lagoon closed?

Increased seismic activity in Iceland has prompted the temporary closure of well-known tourist destinations as a precautionary measure. As a result, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, Silica Hotel and Retreat Spa, along with the Northern Lights Inn are currently closed. The impact is localized around the Blue Lagoon area, and other travel in Iceland remains unaffected.

Recent Volcanic Activity in Iceland

Iceland is known for its tectonic and volcanic activity. However, the area surrounding the Reykjanes Penensula has remained dormant for many centuries.

Following a series of earthquakes, including two with a magnitude of 5.6, an eruption began in Fagradalsfjall volcano on the evening of March 19, 2021. This eruption lasted about 6 monthsuntil mid September 2021. The Fagradalsfjall volcano is located in an uninhabited area of the Reykjanes peninsula.

Visitors sit on a hillside watching the volcano erupt at Meradalir in Iceland.
Visitors watch the volcano at Meradalir as it erupts. Photograph by Stefán Pálsson.

Recent Volcanic Activity in Iceland: The Merardalir Valley

But it wasn’t quiet for long. Just a few months later on August 3, 2022, another eruption began. This eruption was located in Merardalir Valley, very close to the Fagradalsfjall volcano. However, this event was much shorter and lasted only 3 weeks.

A third eruption appeared to the north of Fagradalsfjall near Litli-Hrútur on 10th of July 2023 and ended on 5 August 2023. This event was approximately ten times larger than the initial two eruptions.

Volcanic Activity in the Reykjanes Peninsula

These eruptions gained significant attention for being relatively accessible to the public. Consequently, people could witness volcanic activity up close. The volcano sights became a popular tourist attraction, drawing curious travelers and landscape photographers to observe the lava flow and the volcanic landscape.

Authorities implemented safety measures to ensure the well-being of the public. As a result, there were no reports of harm to people during these eruptions. Unlike the well-known Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 the eruptions did not cause any disruption to air travel.

Iceland’s Potential New Volcanic Eruption is located in the Reykjanes Peninsula, the same region as the three previous volcanic eruptions. However, this time there’s a possibility that the magma could emerge closer to a populated area. That is why the Icelandic authorities are on high alert.

Overhead view of Iceland's newest volcano erupting in July 2023 near Litli Hrútur.
Iceland’s newest volcano at Litli Hrútur. Photo by Ása Steinarsdóttir.

Does Iceland’s Potential New Volcanic Eruption Pose a Danger To Travelers?

In light of the recent news about a potential new volcanic activity in Iceland, we want to assure you that there is no reason to fear. The Icelandic Authorities with help of a team of scientists and specialists are closely monitoring the situation.

At Hotel Rangá our  top priority is the well-being of our guests. If you have any concerns or questions, our staff is here to assist you. We appreciate your trust in choosing Hotel Rangá, and we look forward to providing you with memorable and worry-free experience.

Safe travels!

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