Hekla Volcano – Possible Eruption in South Iceland

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police declare an uncertainty phase (lowest level of warning), because of seismic activity in mount Hekla.




Uncertaintyphase means that supervision has been raised on that course of events that may threaten public health and safety, or that environment or inhabited area may be threatened. To declare an uncertainty face is a part of work process in the setup of public safety to secure a formal communication between response teams and to secure dissemination of information.




Last eruption in Mt. Hekla was in February the year 2000.




On page 160 in The Iceland Road Guide book you can read this text about Mt. Hekla:




Hekla, (1,491 m) the most famous volcano in Iceland, a ridge more than 4 km long. There have been at least 18 eruptions in recorded history, the first in 1104 and the latest in 2000, when scientists were able to predict the eruption half an hour in advance using the alarm system of the Icelandic Meteorological Office. In the eruption of 1947 the peak rose 50 m. The easiest climbing route is along the northern ridge. The first known ascent was made by the explorers Eggert Ólafsson and Bjarni Pálsson in June 20 th 1750.

New edition of the Iceland Road Guide

New edition of the Iceland Road Guide will be puplished in May. The English edition is updated every other year. The Icelandic version, Vegahandbókin and German version, Island Auto Atlas, were puplished last spring. Vegahandbókin has been on the market for 40 years.




We are updating photos in the book and here is one from the Earth Baths by Lake Mývatn in the North of Iceland.




On page 93 in the book Iceland Road Guide you can read about the Erath Baths:
Jarðbaðshólar, crater hills south of the road. Steam vents there have long been used for steam baths, which are considered beneficial for rheumatism. Southeast from Jarðbaðs hólar, about 1km from the main road in Bjarnarflag are the Earth Baths at Lake Mývatn. The lagoons are manmade structures with bottoms containing sand and gravel. The nature of the water is in some aspects very unique. It contains a large amount of minerals, alkaline and is therefore very suitable for bathing. Because of the mineral content, undesirable bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon which makes the use of chlorine or other disinfectant unnecessary.