The power of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption has remained stable for at least the last two days according to emergency co-ordinators in South Iceland. The volcanic cloud has swung round to the northwest of the glacier today, but there is little ash fall. The cloud has become lighter in colour, indicating more steam and less ash.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office predicts slowly increasing south-easterly winds today blowing the cloud north and west. A small amount of ash could potentially affect Reykjavik, and reduce driving visibility – but that has not happened yet. There is some ash fall on Fljotshlid and will continue to the northwest of the glacier.
Police in Hvolsvollur are reminding the public that all non-emergency foot and car traffic is banned near the volcano: all over Eyjafjallajokull and its foothills, Fimmvorduhals and Myrdalsjokull. The Route 1 highway is open, however.
Meanwhile, with ash closing Keflavik International Airport, there has been a massive increase in passengers using Akureyri Airport, RUV reports. Icelandair and Iceland Express have both been using Akureyri today in order to avoid cancelling flights outright.
Iceland Express flight to Berlin and Copenhagen today have been merged into one flight from Akureyri which will stop in both destinations. Passengers are being taken by coach between Reykjavik and Akureyri.
Icelandair is using Akureyri as its Iceland hub today; but passengers whose final destination is not Icelland are being taken through Glasgow instead of Keflavik.
The Reykjavik domestic airport has now reopened and flights within Iceland are not as delayed as had been feared.
Photo: Kristjan Mar Hauksson taken at Akureyri Airport