Is it safe to travel to Iceland? Latest advice amid threat of volcanic eruption
Thousands have already been evacuated as a precaution.
Thousands living in the southwestern town of Grindavík have been ordered to evacuate as a precaution, with deep cracks tearing through concrete and closing nearby tourist spot, the Blue Lagoon.
Large amounts of magma – molten rock- is spreading underground and could surface there, according to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).
Is it still safe to travel to Iceland?
According to the foreign office, it is still safe for tourists to travel to Iceland for now but a variety of warnings have been issued.
In advice issued on Saturday, which still stands on Tuesday, it says: ‘Earthquakes and indications of volcanic activity have increased above normal levels on the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of Reykjavik.
‘The Icelandic authorities continue to monitor the area closely, particularly the area northwest of Mt Thorbjörn near the Svartsengi power plant and the Blue Lagoon.
‘On November 10, a Civil Protection Alert was declared after an intense swarm of earthquakes.
‘The town of Grindavík was evacuated as a precaution.
‘Some roads have been closed and visitors are advised to stay away from the area.
‘Keflavik International Airport is operating as normal.
‘While there is no current eruption, it is increasingly possible that one could occur.
‘You should monitor local media for updates and follow the authorities advice on travel to the area.’
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