The weeks leading up to the eruption
Scientists are able to spot signs that a volcanic eruption is imminent by monitoring earthquake activity, heat flow and ground swelling. In the weeks prior to the eruption of Geldingadalsgos over 40,000 earthquakes took place, with the epicenter being in the Geldingadalur valley. The earthquakes ranged in intensity with the maximum going up to magnitude 5. We even felt some of the larger earthquakes at Hotel Rangá! After monitoring the ground and taking measurements, scientists informed Icelanders that an eruption might take place.
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What do we know about the eruption, Geldingadalsgos?
Is it safe to visit the eruption?
There is always some risk involved when visiting an active volcano, but compared to other volcanic eruptions in Iceland, Geldingadalsgos is very accessible. The safest option is to book a helicopter tour over the area to see amazing aerial views at a secure distance. Send an email or call our reception team at Hotel Rangá and we can assist you to book a tour over Geldingadalsgos. email@example.com +354 4875700 It is also possible to hike to see the volcano; however, you must keep in mind that the hike is about a 3 hour round trip. It is also important to wear proper clothing, bring water and keep a safe distance once you arrive at the volcano site. Finally, it is also necessary to check wind conditions before you begin your hike. Geldingadalsgos is emitting volcanic gases which can be dangerous at high levels. It is better to hike on a windy day so that the gas is not stagnant.
How long will the eruption last?
No one knows how long this eruption will last. It could be days, weeks or even years! The latest measurements show that the magma in the eruption is likely to be that of a shield volcano. Shield volcano lava flow is slow, but it can last for a long time. If Geldingadalsgos is in fact a shield volcano, it would be the first eruption of a shield volcano in Iceland since the ice age. If you have always wanted to experience a volcanic eruption up close, book your trip to Iceland today. Our borders are now open to US and UK residents who have been vaccinated.
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Amazing drone footage of the eruption