Overview

Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience to hike up to Geldingadalir to see an active volcanic eruption. This truly is an experience that you will never forget!

Highlights

  • Active volcanic eruption
  • Free pick up from Reykjavik
  • Guided hike

Eruptions are rare events, and they are very hostile in nature. This element of rarity, the sheer power, and the potentially destructive forces behind eruptions make them hypnotically fascinating. Not all eruptions are created the same, some spew ashes far up into the sky while others pump out molten magma. Think, liquid rocks!

  • Personal Experience
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration 7 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 8 years
Level Easy / Moderate
Ratio 1:16
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

November 16, 2021

A struggle for me but very rewarding

The volcano hike was very informative and well worth getting to the end. I myself have some physical issues caused me problems along a portion of the hike. Vjeran was truly amazing it's no lie when I say I wouldn't have made it in one piece without him. Truly a great tour guide but also a kind and generous man. Thank you from the bottom of my heart when I say the prize was worth struggle. And there would not be safer hands then Vjeran to be in and with everything I learnt he is clearly a man working with great love for what he does.

Reviewed by Blake M

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What's included

Included

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

What to bring

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

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

After thousands of earthquakes over the span of 3 weeks originating in the Reykjanes Peninsula, the lava finally found its way through earth crust on the evening of March 19th close to Fagradalsfjall, in a valley named Geldingadalir. The eruption is confined to this valley, which is surrounded by hills and higher ground, preventing the lava from flowing to nearby towns or cities.

Geldingadalir valley is not a remote valley by any measures. It is a mere 9 kilometres from the nearest village, Grindavík. This makes the eruption site very accessible to people that are willing to make the effort of the hike to witness this magnificent spectacle of nature. If anything should be on your bucket list, it is to experience a live volcano, where you will truly see new land forming. Streams of lava flow from the volcanic cone and into the valley, slowly but surely filling it up, you will see steam and gases rise from the growing lava field as well as the newly formed crater.

Please note: Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions.

For pickup from Reykjavik, the time depends on the date of your tour:

08:00 - From 16th of March to 15th of September
10:00 - From 16th of September to 15th of March


If you chose pickup from The Blue Lagoon and/or Northern Lights Inn hotel:
Between 9 - 9:30 am (From 16th of March to 15th of September)
Or 11 - 11:30 (From 16th of September to 15th of March)

FAQ

You can bring it with you, but we do also stop for lunch in Grindavík where you can buy snacks as well for the hike. Please note though that food is not included in the tour.

There are no restrooms at the area just nature 😊 We do recommend that people use the restrooms in Grindavík where we stop for lunch before we start the hike.

Scientist and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management are always monitoring the area closely and informing the public if there are any updates. The area is open to the public but that can of course change with little notice. The safety of our passengers is our number one priority therefore Arctic Adventures will follow the instructions coming from the authorities but as of right now the area is open and is not considered to be dangerous to the public.

Reviews

5
Based on 15 reviews

Active Volcano Hike

1- of 15 reviews

A struggle for me but very rewarding

Reviewed on November 16, 2021 by Blake M Review from TripAdvisor

The volcano hike was very informative and well worth getting to the end. I myself have some physical issues caused me problems along a portion of the hike. Vjeran was truly amazing it's no lie when I say I wouldn't have made it in one piece without him. Truly a great tour guide but also a kind and generous man. Thank you from the bottom of my heart when I say the prize was worth struggle. And there would not be safer hands then Vjeran to be in and with everything I learnt he is clearly a man working with great love for what he does.

Excellent trip

Reviewed on November 10, 2021 by Sharon ONeill Review from TripAdvisor

What a fantastic day we had. Our guide Vjeran was truly amazing. His knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for his work shone through. As an experienced guy, we were in safe hands and he looked after everyone for the day providing so much information along the way. A great trip to do for everyone. We would highly recommend it. Thank you Vjeran. Sharon and Rick

Perfect day trip from Reykjavik

Reviewed on November 08, 2021 by Sandra A Review from TripAdvisor

Amazing hike to view the volcano! Our guide Vjeran was very knowledgeable and informative, really passionate as well, made the experience interesting and fun. The volcano wasn't erupting anymore but the views were still breathtaking.

Super Fun Day

Reviewed on November 07, 2021 by Charynn Review from TripAdvisor

We weren't sure what to expect on this excursion but ended up loving it. We booked a small group tour and our van met up with another van and we headed up the volcano. One tour guide in the front and the other bringing up the rear. We were not rushed and had time to enjoy the time once we made it to the top. Then we went down to the lava fields that were still smoking in places. It was just such a cool place. From there we had a few more interesting stops before heading back to town.

Amazing tour to the vulcano

Reviewed on November 06, 2021 by Lana Review from TripAdvisor

We had an amazing day with our tour guide Vjeran. He started the tour with a little talk about himself and about the tour. He asked everyone what their name is and remembered it the whole tour. He made us comfortable and made very funny jokes. He was very friendly. He talked to everyone and was very interested in our lives. Despite that the vulcano was in a kind of a sleep, it surprised me a lot. It was beautiful. We had some extra time so he took us to Grunnuhver and drove along the coast.

Wonderful tours!

Reviewed on October 31, 2021 by Judy Review from TripAdvisor

Had great tours (glacier hike, volcano, blue lagoon) and such wonderful memories. All the tour guides are super friendly and professional. Special shout out for Hang and Vjeran, making the glacier tour so special. Highly recommended and I’d go with them again next time I’m in Iceland!

Fabulous volcano trip

Reviewed on October 13, 2021 by Christine B Review from TripAdvisor

Our tour guide, varjan was amazing .without his knowledge, guidance and attention to making our day,fantastic we would have missed a lot of the volcano views . He took photo's of all the group.,ensuring that they turned out, before moving on. Without his guidance our party ( 2 couples) might not have climbed as far as we did. We visited a hot geezer on the way back and drove through a different town, on our back into Reykjavik. What a wonderful experience at the end of our stay in Iceland.

Conquering the Volcano

Reviewed on October 12, 2021 by Linda A Review from TripAdvisor

The Volcano hike with Vjeran was the highlight of my week in Iceland. Vjeran is an amazing guide and ensured that all participants had a fabulous experience. His love for Iceland and his adoptive country and all it has to offer was readily apparent. Although some parts were challenging I felt safe and was able to push myself knowing Vjeran would guide me to the top. It was a spectacular experience and I would encourage all to try it especially with Vjeran as your guide. Also I left my favorite headband on the bus and Vjeran delivered to me later that evening at the restaurant we went to…service above and beyond! Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Volcano Tour from Reykjavik with Vjeran

Reviewed on September 16, 2021 by AllySP31 Review from TripAdvisor

My friend and I had the BEST time! Vjeran was extremely knowledgeable, personable and funny. He made everyone feel so welcomed. I recommend this tour 100%, especially with Vjeran!

Amazing visit to the volcano with Vjeron

Reviewed on September 01, 2021 by ShellyNelson89 Review from TripAdvisor

We did the active volcano hike to Geldingadalir with Vjeron and the entire experience was amazing. He was one of the nicest and most informative guides I have ever had. Also made you always feel like you were in safe hands. 10 stars for him and the tour! We learned so much and had fun!

Great volcano hike with Vjeran

Reviewed on August 17, 2021 by 961uranm Review from TripAdvisor

Unfortunately we couldn't see the crater because of the weather but it was still a trip worth taking. We saw the lava field, we did some hiking and on the way back we also made a stop at Krýsuvík. Vjeran was a great guide and gave us a lot of information about the eruption and the area in general. Hvala, druže!

Great day at the volcano with Vjeran

Reviewed on August 08, 2021 by duxo2017 Review from TripAdvisor

We took the day tour today.. The path is 4km in one way takes around 1h and 15 min to climb.. Vjeran was our guide and he took very good care of us.. He wss very informative and also took very good shots of me and my wife… How many times u are going to see an active volcano in ur life? So go for it 5/5 Thank u from sunny North Macedonia :))

Serious hiking, great views!

Reviewed on August 06, 2021 by Larry H Review from TripAdvisor

Great trip from Reykjavik to the volcano. Although the volcano was not erupting the day we were there, it was very scenic to see all the lava fields and the smoking vents. It was quite a hike with lots of elevation gain. However, our guide was very knowledgeable and made the car trip and hike very interesting.

Fantastic day up close to volcano!

Reviewed on July 26, 2021 by JLL2031 Review from TripAdvisor

We went on the active volcano hike. While the weather stopped us from viewing the crater and any hot magma, we explored the hardened lava field. Our guide, Vjeran, was informative, safety conscious and fun. We started off at a delicious bakery. We spent three hours hiking around the volcano area and visited the nearby geothermal springs and scenic overlooks.

INCREDIBLE EXPERIECE

Reviewed on April 27, 2021 by nordictraveler93 Review from TripAdvisor

There was no way I was gonna come to Iceland and not see the erupting volcano - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity! Joined a tour with this company and really enjoyed the experience. The guide (I believe his name was Nick) was friendly and funny, and the volcano eruption was an incredible thing to see! I highly recommend this tour to anyone in Iceland right now :)

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