Summary

Iceland is volcanically and seismically active.

A glacial flood is in progress around the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier leading into the Skaftá river. The Icelandic authorities are reporting that flood conditions are expected in Skaftá over the next 2 to 3 days and some flooding of unpaved roads close to Skaftá is possible.

There’s also a high likelihood that hydrogen sulphide gas will be released from the floodwater as it drains from the Vatnajökull ice-cap. The gas is particularly potent at the ice margin, where concentrations will reach poisonous levels. You should therefore stay away from the edges of Skaftárjökull, Tungnaárjökull and Síðujökull while the flood occurs and be aware of the higher risk of crevasses occurring in this region.

The volcanic eruption in the area around Bárðarbunga volcano on Vatnajökull glacier in the east of Iceland, which began in August 2014, has ended. However, high levels of sulphur dioxide continue to be detected and the immediate area surrounding the eruption site remains closed to the public.

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 185,000 British tourists visited Iceland in 2014. 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.

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