Coast Guard Surveys Rare Volcanic Eruption in Southwest Iceland

The Icelandic Coast Guard shared footage on Saturday, March 20, showing lava spewing from a volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula after a rare eruption began the previous evening.

These aerial videos show the volcano near Mount Fagradalsfjall in the Geldingardalur Valley area, located in southwest Iceland. The eruption occurred after uptick in seismic activity in the region.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office said the eruption was small and the volcanic activity had “somewhat decreased” by Saturday. The office said lava fountains were small and lava flows represented “a very local hazard.” Credit: Icelandic Coast Guard via Storyful