Reykjanes Volcano Update: Is it Safe Traveling to Iceland?

Volcano eruption at Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland

Again, Iceland is experiencing a massive eruption as volcanic activities continue on the Reykjanes Peninsula. In recent years eruptions have become more common in Iceland. The ongoing eruptions, which have been on and off since late 2023 show no signs of ending.

But does this affect travel to Iceland? Let’s have a look at the situation as I explain why it is still perfectly safe to travel to Iceland.   

 

What is happening in Iceland?

As has now happened several times in the past few months a volcano eruption has started at Sundhnúkargígar, between the town of Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon.

Volcanic eruptions are among the most powerful forces of nature in action and tend to raise concerns among travelers. This is understandable, especially where the volcanic eruptions are taking place on the doorsteps of Iceland’s airport.

So, it becomes a question of travel safety. Iceland has a past of violent eruptions. Most notably Eyjafjallajökull which blocked air traffic all over Europe. So, naturally people wonder if all these volcanic activities will affect their travel plans in Iceland.

Traveler enjoying the scenery in Iceland.
Travelers don't have to worry about visiting Iceland. 

It is safe to travel to Iceland?

Despite these constant volcanic eruptions, it is perfectly safe to travel to Iceland. All the volcanic activities on Reykjanes Peninsula have not disrupted any flights and will not in the future.

The reason for air traffic being disrupted and flights canceled in past eruptions is due to ash clouds forming when volcanoes erupt under Iceland’s glaciers. As there is no glacier on Reykjanes Peninsula the lava flows above ground without any ash clouds forming and blocking the sky.

Is it Safe Traveling in Iceland?

So, the eruption will not affect flight in Iceland, but what about traveling in Iceland? Although the people in Iceland are now used to having a volcano going off it is still a volcanic eruption and needs to be addressed as such.

There are restrictions in the area close to the eruption site. This includes roadblocks around the town of Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon. However, the Blue Lagoon is open, but visitors are advised to seek information about their booking at each time due to the situation.  

Apart from this area, around the active volcano, you are free to travel anywhere in Iceland without any restrictions related to volcanic activities on Reykjanes Peninsula. This includes the road from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik and the entire Ring Road of Iceland.

Can I see the Volcano Eruption in Iceland?

The volcano is clearly visible from the road and passengers should be able to see it very well when arriving at Kef Airport in Iceland.

The situation is closely monitored by the Icelandic authorities which give out clear instruction on how the eruption is developing. As well as providing guidance and information about the area close to the volcano.

Just be careful to stop at a safe spot on the side of the road, if you want to check it out when driving from the airport to Reykjavik city.

Renting a car in Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Iceland should not be holding you back from exploring Iceland. In fact, it only makes coming to Iceland that more interesting.

The eruption has nothing to do with driving ability and having a rental car in Iceland is the perfect way to travel here. Offering freedom and comfort to go at your own pace, where you want at the time of your choosing.

There is more to Iceland than just the constant volcanic eruptions. With a rental car it’s in your hands to create your best adventure. Whether that be cruising along Iceland’s southern coast, to see the black sand beaches or Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Or chasing waterfalls such as Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss or Skógafoss.

With a rental car in Iceland, you can do that and much more. Starting your day at a geyser or some other hot springs, ending it with the beautiful Northern Lights dancing above you. And, if the chance presents itself, go and see the volcano up close, like the one in Fagradalsfjall.

Kia Sportage from Blue Car Rental driving in a cold lava field.
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Why Rental Cars in Iceland?

There are of course other benefits to having a rental car in Iceland, than just the value of time. It is also cheaper and more reliable than all other alternatives. Ranging from large 4x4 to a compact economy city car, you can be sure to find the car suited for your needs in Iceland.

With a wide range of rental cars in Iceland you should always be able to find something within your price range. Car rentals in Iceland frequently offer discounts and I always recommend contacting them to see if you can get a better deal and save some money on your trip to Iceland.

Just remember to always check for weather conditions when driving in Iceland. Especially if you’re going off the beaten track.

Conclusion

There might be a volcanic eruption going on, but it is perfectly safe traveling to Iceland. It has no effect on your trip as it is only restricted to a small area. There is no danger of your flight being canceled or getting stuck somewhere in Iceland due to the eruption on Reykjanes Peninsula.

Since this is the fourth eruption since December 2023, it will likely stop soon. Time will only tell when the next eruption will occur, if the volcanic activities will continue. 

Having a rental car in Iceland is the best travel option. There is really on other way to explore the vast beauty of the island. Just make sure to find a rental car that suits your needs and to book with a reliable car rental.

Blue Car Rental is the best car rental in Iceland, the highest safety satisfaction and customer reviews. We provide a carefree experience with our full coverage insurances and zero worry policy. We also offer online check-in and other smart solutions, to make sure you get the fastest and smoothest service in Iceland.

If you like to learn more about Iceland, please feel free to check out our blogs about Natural Wonders and Practical Info.

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