In light of the development of earthquakes in Reykjanes, the response plan for the authorities and the tourism industry has been activated. It aims to ensure an orderly and coordinated response by all parties in times of emergency.
Today, the Tourism Action Board (ASF) and the Tourism Executive Group (FHF) will be convened. This measure is consistent with the rapid evolution of events over the past day and the procedures envisaged in the existing contingency plan.
The main aspects of the programme are to ensure the safety of tourists in Iceland, minimise the impact on the travel to and from Iceland, ensure the flow of information to and from tourist operators to the Civil Protection Coordination Centre, communicate information to tourists and minimise the impact of emergency hazards on Iceland's image and reputation as a tourist country.
Government and tourist service provider emergency response plan
The increasing likelihood of a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula has prompted the precautionary evacuation of the town Grindavík to ensure the safety of the residents.
At this moment it is not possible to conclude when an eruption might unfold, or accurately pinpoint where exactly it might surface. The Icelandic Meteorological Office, The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland are closely monitoring the situation and analyzing the developments.
Iceland is no stranger to volcanic activity, and there have been three eruptions on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the last two years. Icelandic authorities and the public are highly prepared for such events, and Iceland has one of the world's most effective volcanic preparedness measures. Iceland's geoscientists possess vast experience in dealing with volcanic activities.
Visitors to Iceland are encouraged to follow news bulletins for further information on the development.