New Eruption Turns Out to Be Moon

Vala Hafstað

The Icelandic Met Office received numerous phone calls overnight regarding a potential new volcanic eruption east of the Fagradalsfjall eruption, Southwest Iceland, reports.

The Met Office posted the following on Facebook:

“Everyone had the same story to tell: a very prominent glow to the east of the eruption site.

Upon closer inspection it was revealed that this was the moon teasing us!

Glowing and orange in color, it barely managed to peek out from in between the low clouds, since, from our viewpoint, it was very close to the horizon.

Was anyone lucky enough to catch a picture of this interesting spectacle?” the Met Office asks.

Meanwhile, the one and only Fagradalsfjall eruption was very active, and lava flow increased around 7 pm last night.

Elísabet Pálmadóttir, natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Met Office, points out that on the webcam, the headlamps of hikers can be spotted now and then within a closed area, which is worrisome.

As we have repeatedly pointed out, crossing recently solidified lava is very risky.

You can watch a live stream of the eruption here.


Partly cloudy


-2 °C


Later today

0 °C



2 °C