Is it safe to travel to Iceland? Latest Foreign Office advice
Thousands have already been evacuated as a precaution.
Iceland has declared a state of emergency – after a series of earthquakes raised fears about a volcanic eruption.
Large amounts of magma – molten rock – is spreading underground and could surface there, according to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).
What does the news mean for holidaymakers with plans to visit Iceland? Is it still safe to visit the Nordic country?
Is it safe to travel to Iceland?
According to the Foreign Office (FCDO), it is still safe for tourists to travel to Iceland for now but a variety of warnings have been issued.
Advice issued on Saturday, November 10, which still stands as of Thursday, November 16, 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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