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Krýsuvík

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  • Iceland
  • Iceland and Arctic Ocean
  • Crater rows
  • 1340 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 63.883°N
  • 22.083°W

  • 360 m
    1181 ft

  • 371030
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
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Most Recent Weekly Report: 24 February-2 March 2021 Citation IconCite this Report

IMO reported that seismicity in the area between Krýsuvík and Reykjanes-Svartsengi volcanic systems remained elevated during 26 February-1 March. More than 6,000 earthquakes had been detected after a M 5.7 event was recorded at 1005 on 24 February; two of those events were above M 5. The earthquakes were distributed over a 25-km-long section of a N-S striking fault along the E-W striking plate boundary, primarily located between Keilir and Fagradalsfjall. GPS data showed 4 cm of horizontal displacement near the epicenter of the M 5.7 event. An InSAR interferogram showed left-lateral movement over a large section of the plate boundary. Tremor began to be recorded by several stations at 1425 on 3 March, in an area located 2 km SW of Keilir. The signals possibly indicated magma rising towards the surface and prompted IMO to raise the Aviation Color Code for Krýsuvík to Orange.

Source: Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO)

Weekly Reports - Index


2021: February


24 February-2 March 2021 Citation IconCite this Report

IMO reported that seismicity in the area between Krýsuvík and Reykjanes-Svartsengi volcanic systems remained elevated during 26 February-1 March. More than 6,000 earthquakes had been detected after a M 5.7 event was recorded at 1005 on 24 February; two of those events were above M 5. The earthquakes were distributed over a 25-km-long section of a N-S striking fault along the E-W striking plate boundary, primarily located between Keilir and Fagradalsfjall. GPS data showed 4 cm of horizontal displacement near the epicenter of the M 5.7 event. An InSAR interferogram showed left-lateral movement over a large section of the plate boundary. Tremor began to be recorded by several stations at 1425 on 3 March, in an area located 2 km SW of Keilir. The signals possibly indicated magma rising towards the surface and prompted IMO to raise the Aviation Color Code for Krýsuvík to Orange.

Source: Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO)


17 February-23 February 2021 Citation IconCite this Report

IMO raised the Aviation Color Code for Krýsuvík to Yellow on 24 February based on recent increased seismicity. Intense seismic activity had been detected for the previous few days and since midnight through the generation of the report at 1107 more than 500 earthquakes had been recorded. At 1005 a M 5.7 earthquake occurred 5 km W of Krýsuvík and at 1027 a M 4.2 was located in Nupshlidarhals, less than 1 km NW of Krýsuvík. The seismic unrest was unusual for the area in the context of the unrest in the Reykjanes peninsula that began in January 2020.

Source: Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO)


The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Krýsuvík.

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 11 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1340 (?) Unknown Confirmed 1 Tephrochronology Tradarfjöll
1325 (?) Unknown Confirmed 1 Tephrochronology Elborg vid Trolladyngju
1188 Unknown Confirmed 1 Historical Observations Mavahlidargigir
1151 Unknown Confirmed 1 Historical Observations Ogmundargigar and other vents
1075 ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Gvendarselsgigar
0900 (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Tephrochronology Melholl, Afstapahraun
0190 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Obrinnisholar
1060 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Sandfellskofagigir
5290 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Burfell
6000 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 0 Tephrochronology Hrútagjár
8500 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 0 Tephrochronology Hagafell
Deformation History

There is data available for 3 deformation periods. Expand each entry for additional details.


Deformation during 2010 - 2011 [Uplift; Observed by GPS, InSAR]

Start Date: 2010 Stop Date: 2011 Direction: Uplift Method: GPS, InSAR
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Reference List: Michalczewska et al. 2012*.

Full References:

Michalczewska, K., S. Hreinsdottir, T. Arnadottir, S. Hjaltadottir, T. Agustsdottir, M. T. Gudmundsson, H. Geirsson, F. Sigmundsson, G. Gudmundsson, 2012. Inflation and deflation episodes in the Krisuvik volcanic system. (abstract V33A-2843), Fall AGU.

Deformation during 2009 - 2009 [Uplift; Observed by GPS, InSAR]

Start Date: 2009 Stop Date: 2009 Direction: Uplift Method: GPS, InSAR
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Reference List: Michalczewska et al. 2012*.

Full References:

Michalczewska, K., S. Hreinsdottir, T. Arnadottir, S. Hjaltadottir, T. Agustsdottir, M. T. Gudmundsson, H. Geirsson, F. Sigmundsson, G. Gudmundsson, 2012. Inflation and deflation episodes in the Krisuvik volcanic system. (abstract V33A-2843), Fall AGU.

Deformation during 2009 - 2010 [Subsidence; Observed by GPS, InSAR]

Start Date: 2009 Stop Date: 2010 Direction: Subsidence Method: GPS, InSAR
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Reference List: Michalczewska et al. 2012*.

Full References:

Michalczewska, K., S. Hreinsdottir, T. Arnadottir, S. Hjaltadottir, T. Agustsdottir, M. T. Gudmundsson, H. Geirsson, F. Sigmundsson, G. Gudmundsson, 2012. Inflation and deflation episodes in the Krisuvik volcanic system. (abstract V33A-2843), Fall AGU.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Krýsuvík.

GVP Map Holdings

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Title: Geomorphology of Iceland
Publisher: University of Goteborg, Dept Phys Geog
Country: Iceland
Year: 1984
Map Type: Geology (Geomorphology)
Scale: 1:1,750
Map of Geomorphology of Iceland

Title: Geographical Names of Iceland
Publisher: University of Goteborg, Dept Phys Geog
Country: Iceland
Year: 1984
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,750
Map of Geographical Names of Iceland
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 2 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description Lava Source Collection Date
NMNH 115620 Tholeiite -- --
NMNH 115637 Olivine Tholeiite HRUTAGJARDYNGJA --
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