Visiting Iceland anytime soon? Well, it’s been reported that the Bardarbunga volcano might erupt sometime soon, and if it does, travel might be a little difficult. But not as badly as 2 previous volcano eruptions in Iceland.
Four years ago, a volcano in Iceland named Eyjafjallajokull erupted, making air travel impossible throughout Europe. The volcanic ash from that eruption stranded 10 million people and cancelled flights in and out of northwest Europe for 6 days.
Then, a year later, the largest eruption to happen in Iceland in 50 years forced airlines to cancel 900 flights. The Grímsvötn eruption also closed Iceland’s main airport, Keflavik International, but the disruption in travel wasn’t as catastrophic as the year before.
Now, Europe finds itself in the same predicament with the threat of Bardarbunga looming; however, in the years since those 2 travel disasters, airlines have loosened up on guidelines for flying through ash. Airline officials have decided that ash isn’t as damaging to planes as previously thought, grounding fewer planes this time around.
That’s the good news. The bad news? Bardarbunga could cause serious damage in Iceland, if it melts parts of the Vatnajokull glacier. The northeastern part of Iceland has been on flood watch for the last week.
So, is it going to blow or not?
BBC reports that “cauldrons” are forming near the volcano. These 50-foot-deep depressions in the ground could be a result of an eruption that already happened below the glacial surface, melting the underground ice. The area has also been experiencing tremors caused by magma flowing underground.
If Bardarbunga does erupt and you’re one of the unfortunate few to have their flight cancelled, watch our video with tips for a flight cancellation.