Nature & Travel

Map of seismic activity at Bárðarbunga, August 20

Three Hundred Earthquakes Since Midnight

Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier is ongoing. Around 300 earthquakes were recorded between midnight and 8:00 am this morning. The largest earthquake occurred just before 4:00 am and measured 3.0 in magnitude.


Bárðarbunga Volcano Named after Norse Viking

Bárðarbunga volcano, located under Vatnajökull glacier, which has been showing heightened signs of activity in recent days, is named after settler Bárður Bjarnason, later called Gnúpa-Bárður, from the Sognefjord in West Norway.

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010

How to Pronounce Bárðarbunga Volcano

Now that Bárðarbunga volcano has made international headlines, following around 2,600 earthquakes in the area since 3:00 am on Saturday morning and a possible eruption on its way, people are wondering how on earth to pronounce this latest Icelandic volcanic feature to make waves.

Ásbyrgi, Vatnajökull National Park, Northeast Iceland.

Two Hundred Tourists in Eruption Danger Zone

Around 200 tourists are currently in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park in the area which would need to be evacuated in case of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, which would trigger a glacial flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum.

Road map showing closed roads.

Roads Near Earthquake Area Closed

The Icelandic Road Administration has closed some highland roads close to Herðubreið and Askja and has issued a map that shows which roads are closed in light of a possible eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, Northeast Iceland.

Dettifoss waterfall

Flood to Go Down Dettifoss

A large glacial flood will likely go down the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum towards Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, if the Bárðarbunga volcano erupts.

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010

Code Orange Issued for Possible Eruption

A Code Orange has been issued in light of increased likelihood of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano located in the northwestern corner of Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, after continued earthquakes in the area this morning.

Camping at Landmannalaugar

No More Camping in Landmannalaugar?

The municipality of Rangárþing is preparing a new plan for the popular highland area Landmannalaugar that includes a ban on allowing visitors to stay overnight at the site.

Austurvöllur, Reykjavík

Reykjavík to Get Hottest Day of the Year

The temperature in Iceland’s capital today is set to soar to a balmy 20ºC (68ºF) and 22ºC (71.6ºF) in other parts of the southwestern corner of the country, the warmest in Reykjavík so far this year.