Icelandic Coast Guard Gets Close-Up View of Lava Flowing From Volcano

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

These videos show the volcano near Mount Fagradalsfjall in the Geldingardalur Valley area, located in southwest Iceland. The eruption occurred after an 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.”

The Department for Civil Protection said it did not believe the activity posed a threat to structures or settlements in the area. Credit: Icelandic Coast Guard via Storyful