Iceland can be watched live online through more than 300 webcams that are located around the country and serve different purposes. Most of the cameras were established by the Icelandic Road Administration.
The volcanic eruption at Fimmvörðuháls. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The Icelandic Road Administration operates webcams at 72 locations and at each location there are at least three cameras, ruv.is reports
The Icelandic Meteorological Office operates seven webcams, three of which are located on the office’s roof. The other four are located on Surtsey Island, at Hveravellir in the highlands and in the towns Höfn in Hornafjörður and Blönduós.
Many municipalities in Iceland also operate webcams.
When the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörðuháls began in the spring of 2010, the telecommunications company Míla established a webcam there and the number of users quickly grew to one million.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors go to mila.is every day to watch the 13 webcams the company operates.
Pilots use them to check the situation in the highlands and foreigners, the majority of whom are from Germany, watch their favorite locations, according to Sigurrós Jónsdóttir, Míla’s product development and marketing representative.
She said users often contact the company to thank them for the initiative, make suggestions on new locations or ask questions.