Iceland Eruption: What You Need To Know
The Geldingadalir Volcanic Eruption in Iceland occurred near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It followed thousands of small earthquakes in recent weeks and was the first on the peninsula since the 12th century. Three new craters have formed on 4th, 5th, and 10th April. The four erupting craters now are along a line roughly a kilometre long. They could continue for months or even years. It has become a popular visitor attraction, and scientists constantly monitor to keep people as safe as possible.
Hiking from the parking area to the eruption site
Hiking from the parking area to the eruption site is approximately 15 km long both ways (7.5 km from the parking area to the eruption site). There is a marked trail with challenging terrain over lava fields, gravel and uneven ground.
It is forbidden to park along the road, only park in parking areas.
The elevation gain is approximately 250 m, up steep hills.
The path is constantly changing due to the changing volcanic eruption area. The trail is marked with poles and signs all the way (Leið A). If you plan to hike to the eruption area, please wear appropriate clothes, good hiking shoes and take some water and food with you!
Map of the area
What is an eruption?
An eruption occurs when the molten lava built below the Earth’s surface reaches a point where it becomes too strong for the solid ground under it to bear. This is caused by the magma penetrating the ground and causing cracks to form. When the cracks rupture, the molten lava shoots out from them like a geyser. The process is more rapid in colder climates but can be caused by a volcano that has been dormant for years with minor tremors under the surface. Once the molten lava reaches the surface, it turns into a gas and volcanic material.
Iceland is known for its natural beauty, but that beauty is particularly striking as a volcanic eruption. There is a little warning when one occurs, and it can create an unforgettable experience for those visiting the country. Visitors of the Geldingadalir area will indeed have a memorable experience, but please stay safe and be careful!
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