ORA-00257: archiver error. Connect internal only, until freed.

When connecting to a database via SQL*Plus (similar error would be displayed via other products) the following error is thrown: SQL*Plus: Release 10.2.0.3.0 – Production on Fri Nov 16 10:15:15 2012 Copyright (c) 1982, 2006, Oracle. All Rights Reserved. ERROR: ORA-00257: archiver error. Connect internal only, until freed. Cause: The area used as the Archive Destination is out of space. […]