So, what’s the bet on me not getting away this weekend?

In a serious example of civil disobedience, one of Iceland’s volcanos appears to be heading for an eruption. The aviation warning level has been raised to Orange and everyone is holding their breathe. Many British people end their holidays this weekend as it’s a Bank Holiday here on Monday, co-incident with my birthday. So of course, some natural disaster has to occur in order to make the newspapers have some headlines.

So, is there anything one can do?

Probably not in truth as there is no clue when or even if anything will happen. Since the last volcano eruption the world knows a lot about how to manage the impact on aviation. In addition, they say that the ash in the last cloud was especially fine, causing serious havoc on airplane engines.

For me, I’m taking the risk and planning on simply going. Worst case is that I will be stuck somewhere, might have to get a train home from somewhere in Europe, or I’ll simply get home.

Who knows, but watch this space!

The BBC is reporting:

“Intense seismic activity” began at the volcano on 16 August, and there was a strong earthquake in the region early on Monday, the met office said.

“This is the strongest earthquake measured in the region since 1996.

“Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood and ash emission,” the met office said, adding that the situation was being monitored.



  1. Eep! I’m flying to Cologne on Saturday to watch the Belgium GP (it’s just over the border in Spa Francochamps). Hopefully it doesn’t erupt until after I get there. I wouldn’t mind being stuck where I get to watch the race, but wouldn’t want to miss it.

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