New updates have been released by the Foreign Office this week following several instances of volcanic activity that has taken place in Iceland, close to the capital of the country, Reykjavik.
Recently, a volcanic eruption took place in Iceland, leading to the FCDO releasing a warning to UK travellers looking to visit the country. This week another eruption has taken place close to Iceland’s international airport. The Foreign Travel Advice page has been updated accordingly, advising travellers how to stay prepared if they do visit Iceland.
The update states there has been ‘intense seismic activity’ across the Reykjavik Peninsula over the past week, which has now advanced in ‘volcanic fissure eruption’. The advice was updated accordingly on the morning of Tuesday the 11th of July, it said, “On 5 July 2023 Reykjanes Peninsula began experiencing intense seismic activity.
“A volcanic fissure eruption started 10 July. The area is closed to the public. Do not attempt to visit the site until such time the authorities assess it is safe to do so.
“Drivers should not stop on Reykjanesbraut (Route 41 between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport) unnecessarily in order to view the eruption. You may be fined by the police for doing so.
“Those in the Rekjanes, Reykjavik and Snaefellsness peninsula have been advised to keep their windows closed at night and turn air conditioning off because of air quality.
“The public should monitor the Ambient Air Quality updates on the Icelandic Environment Agency’s website for further details.”
The FCDO also advised travellers that emergency services in Iceland are available by contacting 112. According to the airport’s website, traffic at the international airport has not been disrupted during this time and travellers do not need to expect delays.
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