Could Iceland's volcanoes cause travel chaos this Christmas?

A 2010 ash cloud caused havoc to flights in Europe

Stars Insider

21/11/23 | StarsInsider


Iceland's dramatic scenery and location attracts tourists in droves, keen to photograph and explore the unique landscape. Located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, this Nordic nation counts vistas of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields as features of its extraordinary terrain. But these natural phenomena also depict a truth about the sparsely populated country: it's situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, on a rift between tectonic plates. And with that reality comes consequences.

Indeed, one of Iceland's many volcanoes seems set to erupt, and it begs the question: will it cause a repeat of the travel chaos seen in 2010, when European flights were grounded for over a month due to the ash from a volcanic eruption? Click on the following gallery to learn what the potential consequences might look like.

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