Volcanic eruption in South Iceland
The volcanic eruption in the glacier Eyjafjallajokull in South Iceland is continuing but Icelandic civil protection authorities have the situation as regards public response fully under control. The affected areas have been evacuated and damage has been limited to roads, bridges and other infrastructure that has been destroyed by flooding. Further damage to agricultural land is evident.
Day by day business in Iceland apart from the directly affected areas in the south has not been affected. The ash hurled into the atmosphere by the eruption has however caused serious disruption of air traffic. Iceland scientists and public authorities, the Meterological Institution (http://en.vedur.is/) and the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration (http://www.isavia.is) remain in close contact with their counterparts in Europe in order to monitor the eruption, the weather conditions and the protected path of the volcanic ash cloud.
Travelling in Iceland- safety first.
Foreign visitors in Iceland that have had their flights cancelled are advised to contact their travel agents. Visitors coming to Iceland are encouraged to monitor the news and learn about their rights if the flight is cancelled.
Travelers are also urged to take all necessary general precautions while travelling in Iceland and seek the advice of local authorities.
Ash fall from the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has affected air traffic in North Europe the last few days and therefore travelling to and from Iceland. People are encouraged to monitor the news and learn about their rights if the flight is canceled.
Passengers flying to from Iceland are advised to follow updated travel information on the following web pages:
- Keflavik International Airport (http://www.kefairport.is/English/)
- Information from Icelandair (http://www.icelandair.co.uk/information/media/newslist/announcement/item430206/Volcanic_ash_from_is_closing_airspace_(_UK_&_Scandinavia)/))
- Information from Iceland Express (http://www.icelandexpress.com/travel_information/)
- Information from SAS (http://www.flysas.com/en/unconnected_pages/Volcano-eruption-on-Iceland-/?idkeep=True&vst=true)
- Information from the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration (http://www.flugmalastjorn.is/English/TheICAA/News/201)
Situation report from the Civil Emergency Authorities