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Ash from Grímsvötn Volcano Visible around Iceland

Ash from the Grímsvötn volcanic eruption in Vatnajökull glacier can be seen all around the country, from Skagaströnd and Húsavík in the north to the capital region in the southwest.


Kirkjubaejarklaustur before the ash started to clear at 2 pm. Photo by Monique Starr.

The ash cloud has gradually been moving to the west and around dinner time it could be seen in Reykjavík and neighboring communities. People have also reported ash fall in Akureyri in the north and the Westman Islands in the south, reports.

People are asked to keep their windows closed and not go outside if they have sensitive respiratory organs. However, there are not many pollutants in the ash, scientists say, and ash fall is not expected to carry on for many days.


Skálholt at 5 pm. Photo by Dagmar Trodler.

It is also considered unlikely that the eruption in Grímsvötn will have as much impact on air traffic as the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull last year. However, all flights to and from Iceland as well as domestic flights have been canceled tomorrow morning.

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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