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Airplanes Now Safe from Grímsvötn Volcanic Ash

All domestic flights in Iceland as well as international flights through Keflavík Airport are on schedule today, although a flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat, Greenland, has been canceled due to volcanic ash from the eruption in Grímsvötn.


An airplane from the domestic airline Air Iceland. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The ash fall now only affects air traffic in the upper atmosphere above Iceland which might cause airplanes to take a longer route than usual across the country’s airspace, reports.

The ash is now causing little or no disturbances to air traffic in Europe, according to information from Eurocontrol. All airports are open and the ash shouldn’t disturb air traffic according to an ash distribution forecast for the next 48 hours.

The eruption in Grímsvötn is subsiding fast and there are no indications of magma being emitted from the crater. However, travelers on Vatnajökull should maintain a distance of two kilometers from the crater due to risk of explosions.

Click here for general information about the eruption in Grímsvötn from Promote Iceland.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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Follow for further news updates of the eruption. If you have any photos of the current Grímsvötn eruption and would like to see them published, please send them to [email protected] and [email protected].

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