Lava Pools Formed at Ongoing Eruption

Volcano Reykjanes eruption on May 31, 2024

The Icelandic Met Office is closely monitoring lava pools that have formed at the ongoing eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, RÚV reports. Lava is pooling to the south of the eruption site and could burst forth from the pools suddenly in the coming days. The eruption continues at a steady pace and shows no signs of stopping soon.

The eruption northeast of Sýlingafell began last Wednesday, May 29, around 12:45 PM. It is the eighth eruption on Southwest Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula since 2021 and the fifth in the area north of Grindavík since December. The eruption does not impact international travel through Iceland.

The eruption began more powerfully than the four eruptions that preceded it in the area, but reduced in intensity within 24 hours. There are currently two to three active craters along the fissure and Natural Hazard Specialist at the Met Office Sigríður Magnea Óskarsdóttir stated that the institution was monitoring the flow of lava closely.

Lava could burst forth from the pools south of the eruption with considerable force, so it is vital to ensure no one is near the eruption when that happens.

Watch a video of our visit to the eruption area here.