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Volcano Reykjanes eruption on May 31, 2024
Photo: Art Bicnick. The eruption on May 31, 2024.

Lava Covers Road to Grindavík

The eruption that began on the Reykjanes peninsula on May 29 has crossed and covered Grindavíkurvegur (Route 43), the road that connects the town of Grindavík to Reykjanesbraut. Reykjanesbraut leads from Grindavík to Keflavík International Airport and the greater Reykjavík area. The eruption is localised and has no impact on international travel to and from Iceland.

A familiar pattern

The life cycle of this eruption has followed a familiar pattern: the opening of a fissure spewing lava skyward; a decrease an intensity as the fissure reduces to several craters and later a single crater.

The craters themselves are formed by cooling lava, creating walls that grow to a certain height. Lava begins to pool within this crater, but then at some point, the weight and pressure of the lava causes the wall to be breached, as happened last Friday, resulting in a volume of lava to flow towards the paths of least resistance. In this case, that meant flowing both south and north, where it eventually reached, and covered, Grindavíkurvegur.

Slowing down

Vísir reports that the lava is moving at a very slow pace at the moment, but has not stopped. Activity within the eruption itself is also low, but continues.

As such, the Blue Lagoon is closed, but is expected to open again on June 11. You can check out our ongoing coverage of the eruption here, including our own visit to the eruption area.

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