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Heads Up for Travelers: Iceland's Volcanoes May Disrupt Travel Again

Don't panic, but keep alert if you have trans-Atlantic travel plans in the next few weeks. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reported a sudden flurry of small earthquakes that could be a prelude to an eruption of Bardarbunga, one of the country's largest volcanoes.


A full-scale eruption, such as occurred in April 2010 at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, can send a huge plume of smoke and ash into the air; depending on wind and air currents at the time, it can stick around, disrupting air traffic for days or weeks. In 2010, the disruption lasted nearly a month.


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I happened to travel to Europe in 2010  fairly soon after air traffic was started back up  and there were a lot of hotel bargains to be had whole summer as many people canceled in advance. Then I traveled again in May of 2011 and another volcano  disrupted some traffic for a few days  and similar bargains were out there.

If you want a thing done, ask a busy man.

There can be an up side to travel during an eruption.  My plans proceeded during the 2010 eruption and the first result was a southern route to Rome and a spectacular view of the Pyrenees, flying parallel to them.  I learned how big those mountains are, had had no idea.  


After arrival in Rome I immediately booked sleeper compartment tickets from Budapest to London (already had Rome-Budapest), to replace the flight I'd booked.  As it transpired, the flight ban was over by the time I got on the train in Budapest and it cost a fortune I hadn't planned to spend.  But I LOVED the train rides and having a private compartment on the night segments.  Thank you volcano!

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