Summary

Iceland is volcanically and seismically active.

High levels of seismic and volcanic activity continue in the area around Bárðarbunga volcano on Vatnajökull glacier in the east of Iceland. Extremely high levels of sulphur dioxide, described by the Icelandic authorities as potentially life threatening, have been detected at the eruption site.

Local authorities have evacuated a large area north of the Vatnajökull glacier and closed the area to the public until further notice. There have also been reports of higher than normal concentrations of sulphur dioxide in other parts of Iceland. If you have an existing respiratory condition you should take particular care and monitor reports from the Icelandic Met Office.

You should monitor the Safe Travel Website, Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration website and Icelandic Met Office reports, keep mobile phones switched on and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural Disasters.

Around 137,000 British tourists visited Iceland in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free.

Visit the Safetravel website for tips on how to have a safe and enjoyable stay in Iceland.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.