Glacial flood occurring around the southern edge of the Vatnajökull, Iceland

A Glacial flood is occurring around the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier leading into the Skaftá River. Flood conditions are expected in Skaftá over the next two to three days. Some unpaved roads close to Skaftá may flood.

Advice For Travellers

Avoid areas close to the Skaftá River.

Hydrogen sulphide gas is released from floodwater as it drains from the Vatnajökull ice-cap. Travellers must stay away from the edges of Skaftárjökull, Tungnaárjökull and Síðujökull while the flood occurs.

There is a risk that crevasses will develop around the ice cauldron. Travellers on Vatnajökull should stay away from the region, including the lower part of Skaftárjökull and Tungnaárjökull, where floodwater could burst through the surface.

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