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Iceland volcano hike with a local guide | IS-LAVA02

Half-day hike to the eruption site of Fagradalsfjall and the new lava valley

About Tour

If you’re a passionate hiker, you can join us for a unique opportunity to see the Geldingadalir eruption site. This is an adventure like no other, where you get to explore a recently erupted volcano, learn about this fascinating geological form and traverse Iceland’s otherworldly terrain.

Highlights

  • Volcanic eruption site
  • Guided hike
  • Free pick up from Reykjavik
  • Free WIFI on the bus

Volcanic eruptions are unpredictable natural events. Whether small or large fissure cracks open, they occur due to lava bursting out as well as other pyroclastic effects. Every eruption brings a rare and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the sheer power behind the lava explosion.

 

A tour like this, where you get to experience a recently erupted volcano, is one for the books! During this afternoon or evening tour, you get to observe new land formations and lava fields created by lava flows. You still will witness steam and gases rise from the lava field as well as the newly-appeared crater.

 

taking pictures of the volcanic eruption in iceland reykjanes peninsula
Volcano Field And Fagradalsfjall Lava flowing in iceland

From

68
Per Person
    • Free Wifi
    • Expert Guides
    • Best Price Guarantee
    • Free Cancellation
    • No Booking Fees

Availability All Year

Duration 6 hours

Departs From Reykjavik

Minimum age 8 years

Difficulty Easy / Moderate

Ratio 1:15

Pick Up Yes

Meet on Location No

What's Included

Included

  • English speaking tour guide
  • Transport to and from Reykjavík
  • Guided hike to the eruption site

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good waterproof hiking shoes
  • Snacks for the hike

Not Included

  • Meals

About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Information

Not all volcanic eruptions are alike, however. Sometimes they take a slow pace when magma and gases are steadily released from the earth crust. Other times, the gases remain trapped beneath cooled magma, so they build up pressure and result in explosive eruptions that can be potentially destructive, with steaming hot ashes and boulders flying in all directions.

Thousands of earthquakes took place in the weeks before the eruption, after which the lava finally found its way and cracked through the surface of the earth. The eruption occurred on the evening of March 19th 2021, close to Mount Fagradalsfjall, in a valley named Geldingadalir. Fortunately, the valley confined the eruptive event preventing the lava from flowing towards civilian infrastructure.

The closest inhabited settlement to the site is Grindavík village, located only 9 kilometers away. Geldingadalir valley is not a secluded valley by any measures with such a short distance from a populated area. Yet, this presents a convenient way to access the eruption site for people who are willing to hike a pretty challenging terrain but for the chance to witness this magnificent spectacle of nature.

Pickup from Reykjavik:

  • Afternoon - 11:00 am
  • Evening - 18:30 pm

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Reviews

5
Based on 2 reviews

Iceland volcano hike with a local guide

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Reviewed on September 20, 2021 by Potch24 Review from TripAdvisor

We did two trips with Adventures.com; Glacier Wonders and Ice Cave under a Volcano and both were amazing. Neither were physically challenging but both landscapes were beautiful. The guides knew so much and shared this well. Highly recommend this company.

Awesome adventure

Reviewed on April 21, 2021 by IRA S Review from TripAdvisor

We flew in from Boston to see the volcano up close and personal. We are an elderly couple and Nick our guide Went well above and beyond to assure our safety with rock by rock guidance of how to descend the trail. It was an experience of a lifetime and one of the best vacation guided trips we have ever taken. Anyone traveling to Iceland to witness this eruption should definitely take this guided trip with adventures.com. Nicks’ geologic knowledge added to the experience and we had lots of time at the site to walk to to view (safely) the several fissures and the fast moving lava flows. Don’t hike solo - take this guided tour. Incredibly professional and and spectacular.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

If desired, you can pre-pack your lunch in advance and bring it with you. But we also have a lunch break, where we make a stop in Grindavík. There you can purchase snacks and drinks for the hike. Please note, however, that your lunch is not included in the tour.  

While you’re on a hike, you’re only surrounded by nature, and there are no dedicated restrooms. We recommend that visitors use the bathrooms available in Grindavík during our lunch break before we venture off on a hike. 

Scientists and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management closely monitor the area at all times. This way, the public is informed and has all the latest updates every day. Even though the site is open for a visit, the situation can change within short notice.