Small Eruption North of Vatnajokull Glacier

Key points at this time: 

  • No immediate threat to people or populated areas
  • Airspace and all airports, international and domestic, are open.
  • No volcanic ash has been detected with radar systems
  • There are no signs of flooding

Volcanic Activity

An eruption has started North of Vatnajökull Glacier. No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment. The wind conditions in the area are wind blowing toward NW at 12 m/s at 5 km altitude. Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.

At this time there are no signs of immediate danger or flooding in the area, and nothing to indicate that this will affect flight traffic.

The aviation warning area has been reduced to 5.000 foot altitude. All Icelandic airports in Iceland are open. The Icelandic Transport Authority has issued a restricted area three nautical miles around the volcano and up to 5000 ft. over the ground.

Precautionary measures

Because of this The Police authorities have decided to close and evacuate the area North of Vatnajökull. This decision is a safety measure. The eruption is in an uninhabited area, but there are hiking trails in the area. No civilians are considered to be in any danger at this time.

The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation color-code to red over the eruption site, in accordance with procedure. The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, has decided to raise the Civil Protection phase to emergency phase, due to the eruption. This is also in accordance to procedure.

All roads leading into the area are closed as they have been since the seismic activity began in Bardarbunga on the 19th of August. Anyone travelling in the area or planning travels in/close to the area is referred to Safetravel.is.

Follow updates on Iceland.is for further developments.

Neon Wool Sweater – Free Knitting Pattern

NEW! Free Knitting pattern for a Neon Icelandic Wool Sweater.

NEW! Ístex has just recently published a brand new knitting pattern for a beautiful Icelandic Wool Sweater – the Neon Wool Sweater. This knitting pattern is designed by Þórunn Vilmarsdóttir for Ístex.

You can download the free pattern by clicking on the picture above or use the following link:
http://www.alafoss.is/neon-wool-sweater-free-pattern.html

You can of course customize the sweater and pick your own colors as you wish – The pattern calls for 4 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the main color and 3 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the pattern color.
View all colors: http://www.alafoss.is/knitting-yarn/alafoss-lopi.html

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-Stay warm this winter with this easy knitting pattern for an Icelandic wool sweater-

Would you use the neon colors? Or would you pick more traditional yarn colors? Feel free to share the pattern with your friends and keep us posted of your knitting progress 🙂

DIY Knitted Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of the year again! To start thinking about the Holiday gift knitting projects. The Holiday season is approaching faster than you realize and before you know, it will already be December.

The best thing about knitting the gifts for friends and family is not only that these DIY Knitted Holiday Gifts will save you money, the personal touch will also make them much more meaningful to your loved ones.

Will you be giving a personal hand-knitted Christmas gift this year? Have you already started? Half-way there? Done? Haven’t started yet?

If you need some ideas, please feel free to browse through a great selection of pattern books and knitting kits or even a list of free knitting patterns on our website.

And of course, if you need more 100% Icelandic Lopi yarn – you can order it through our website and we offer fast world-wide shipping.

We look forward to hearing back from you what you have in mind for this Holiday season 🙂

Alafoss