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About Tour

After almost one year's break, the Meradalir volcano erupted on August 3rd, 2022. Visit Iceland´s most recent volcanic eruption and see the newly formed lava field.

Highlights

  • Recently erupted volcano site
  • Meradalir Volcano
  • Guided hike
  • Newly formed lava fields
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Seltún Hot Springs

A new fissure opened at Meradalir on August 3rd, 2022. 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. This guided hike will take you to the Meradalir volcano eruption site in Geldingadalur valley to see the newly formed land!

Availability All Year
Duration 7 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 12 years
Level Moderate
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

70
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Participant

What's included

Included

  • Expert guide to ensure your safety throughout the tour
  • Transport to and from Reykjavík
  • Guided hike to recently erupted volcano

What to bring

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

Not Included

  • Meals

Itinerary

Information

Woman by Floating Lava in Iceland

On August 3rd, 2022, the Meradalir volcano erupted for the second time in the same area within one year. Right now, the volcano is quiet, but the freshly formed lava field is still a fascinating site to see.

After the series of earthquakes, a 300-meter fissure opened in the middle of Meradalir valley. Meradalir valley, where the eruption was happening, is not a remote valley by any measure. It is a mere 9 kilometers 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. During this tour, you will see the recently erupted volcano site where you can really see the newly formed lava-covered field. It's still possible to see steam and gases rising from the formed lava field and a newly-appeared fissure. This offer should be on your bucket list, don't miss it!

Please note: The total hike to the eruption site and back is around 12 km (3-4 hours) long and may be difficult, so please evaluate your physical preparation before booking this tour. Due to safety regulations, we reserve the right to adjust the itinerary and/or choose different hiking routes depending on conditions.

Volcanoes are a natural phenomenon, and the level of volcanic activity at the site varies daily. Even if the volcano is not erupting during your visit, visiting the area is still fascinating.

Pickup time from Reykjavik: 11:00 am

Please note: if you don't choose the pickup location from our list when booking, you will be picked up from bus stop nr. 12 - Höfðatorg. If you could not find the pickup location near you and want to choose another location that is not stated in the list additional fees may apply.

We do not offer to meet on location option for this tour, the closest pickup location to the volcano is Hotel Vellir, Tjarnarvellir 3, Hafnarfjordur. It is halfway to Reykjavik (about 20 minutes driving from Keflavik airport) with a parking lot. If you want to be picked up from one of these locations please choose the pick-up location option: "Not sure yet, I will contact you later to let you know" in the booking widget when placing an order and let us know from which location you want to be picked up. The pick-up time for these locations is 11:30 am.

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Reviews

4.8
Based on 58 reviews

2022 Meradalir Volcano Site Hike

1- of 58 reviews

Difficult tour but WORTH IT 100%!!

Reviewed on August 05, 2022 by Maria A Review from TripAdvisor

The tour was long and difficult but so so worth it. We did the evening tour on 4th of August 2022 to see the eruption live and it was an EPIC experience! Amazing tour guide as well, that was just a bonus.

Great tour walking the lava line

Reviewed on May 30, 2022 by Simple_blokeTeesside Review from TripAdvisor

Our guide Thor was informative and provided an exceptional tour

We hiked the ridge then walk down the valley and walked the lava line

The valley decent was moderate and care needed but worth the effort

Amazing!

Reviewed on May 24, 2022 by Claire S Review from TripAdvisor

Our hike was so fun and interesting! Our guide was super helpful, nice, and able to answer my many volcano questions. I loved the experience and can't recommend enough. The hike itself was accessible for all levels. I recommend bringing good hiking boots and hat and gloves, as their emails say.

Great day out!

Reviewed on March 29, 2022 by Rebecca C Review from TripAdvisor

I booked this trip through Get your Guide who used Troll Expeditions for the trip. It was very organised, easy to book and clear pick up location.

Our tour guide Michael was very friendly and chatted all the way to the volcano about the areas we was travelling through.

The hike was a challenge with the incline and strong winds, would definitely recommend walking boots and wrapping up warm! Michael continued to give us facts on the hike and plenty of stops for photos.

Great Excursion!

Reviewed on March 28, 2022 by Debra A Review from TripAdvisor

Great trip!
Tour guide was good. Hike was moderate for someone with Asthma. Views and descriptions were very cool!
Even though the volcano was no longer erupting, there was plenty to see and hear about.

Amazing Hike! Highlight of or Trip!

Reviewed on March 23, 2022 by Lindsey H Review from TripAdvisor

What a great day! The bus ride was quick with history of the island provided. The hike was fantastic even in the crazy wind. The views were breathtaking and a truly once in a lifetime experience. On the way back, the guide stopped a few other locations since that week the weather was rough and most tours were cancelled. It was great!

Spectacular experience

Reviewed on March 22, 2022 by Darragh Review from TripAdvisor

We travelled as a couple. We has Siggi as our guide for this tour. He really was an excellent guide and had loads of energy which kept the hike interesting. The volcano itself, one year post eruption, is spectacular. Siggi only encouraged everyone to go as far as they were comfortable with and made sure everyone was safe. His passion for the volcano was infectious and we learned a lot.

Lost and found

Reviewed on March 15, 2022 by Danielle A Review from TripAdvisor

This was the most adventure-some I've spent in Iceland. The weather that day went from nice to icy storm. Most of us did not get to see the crater because of fog but at least we got the chance to see the lava lake. Although my friend and I got lost, we get to experience the wild side of Iceland in winter. No regrets! Our guide was so considerate and felt the warmth when he found us! Truly, we were a team! I'd love to have another tour with same guide as he has so much to offer to us tourists! I'd do this again!

Reviewed on March 13, 2022 by John Pope Review from TripAdvisor

My girlfriend and I booked the full day hike of Fagradalsfjall Volcano with Arctic Adventures. Our guide, Hjalti, was prompt to pick us up. On our drive from Reykjavik to the hike, Hjalti provided an excellent background and history of the lava fields and landscape that surrounded us. His English was excellent and he was incredibly knowledgeable. The hike was gorgeous and incredibly memorable, largely thanks to Hjalti. He was incredibly passionate, personable, and improved our hiking experience immensely. The landscape was stunning and unlike anything we had ever seen before. I would highly recommend booking a guided tour with Arctic Adventures even if you are an experienced hiker. My girlfriend and I both hike regularly and had some reservations about going with a guide, but we found the background information and history our guide provided incredibly interesting.

Reviewed on February 18, 2022 by Nicole Sylviane Review from Google Reviews

We had a fantastic tour guide for our Fagradalsfjall volcano hike yesterday, very friendly and helpful. We were each given crampons for our shoes but not enough poles were available (I found I didn't need one anyway). We were amazed by the lava field and views at this volcano. Our guide shared great knowledge of the volcano and its history. He also told us great folk tales of the volcanic caves. The hike itself was tiring, I am healthy and in my thirties and found it to be hard in places (in heavy snow) but thoroughly enjoyable. Listen to your guide, we could not have done this without one as we saw people doing forbidden things and making silly errors. Thankfully we had the knowledge of our guide to help us make the right choices. Would highly recommend this tour company.

A unique experience

Reviewed on January 12, 2022 by Elina Michaelidou Review from TripAdvisor

We decided to go to see the volcano with a group and although at the beginning I was disappointed as the weather was bad and the guide chose to not take us to the popular viewpoint, in the end, it was ok as she took us to another cool spot which we probably wouldn't have tried to get there.

Our tour focused mostly on the lava fields and trying to reach another viewpoint to be able to see a vast dam they created to contain the lava, but again because of the foggy weather and poor visibility we had to return back earlier.

Our main reason for selecting Arctic Adventures for this tour is because they could also pick us up from Blue Lagoon. We already had a car and we were in the area close to the volcano so it didn't make much sense to us to drive back to Reykjavik to get this tour.

Volkano hike with Vjeran

Reviewed on January 06, 2022 by Robert Lipovec Review from TripAdvisor

We went with a group of four on a volcano hike. Our guide was Vjeranl, he was witty, full of information, he impressed us with his knowledge of languages. we had a wonderful hike to the volcano. The trip was one of the best experiences in Iceland, thanks to our guide Vjeran, who I recommend.

Worthwhile

Reviewed on January 04, 2022 by Naileshni S Review from TripAdvisor

Vjeran was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. He went at a good pace and had a positive attitude. Not easy in the winter but once the wind died down, it was nice.

Volcano tour

Reviewed on January 01, 2022 by abilash31 Review from TripAdvisor

Had an amazing time with our guide Vjeran on the volcano hike tour. Was very informative and helpful. Even took us to an additional place since we finished hiking well within the schedule.

So much fun for the whole family

Reviewed on December 23, 2021 by Beth T Review from TripAdvisor

This tour was amazing in every way. Our fantastic guide Vjeran was friendly and so informative. He took such good care of the group, even bringing us to a local bakery to sample some yummy treats to start our trip (my two teens very much appreciated this!) the hike was spectacular, we got to get up close and personal with the newest lava flows and then made our way up to look down into the crater. Just beautiful! For sure a bucket-list adventure 💗

Reviewed on November 28, 2021 by Angela L Review from TripAdvisor

My husband and I took a short trip to Iceland during the Thanksgiving holiday. Initially, our plan was to get a rental car to tour around Reykjavík ourselves, go visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano, the Blue Lagoon and hoping to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights if we were lucky. A couple weeks before the trip, we checked the volcano website and saw no eruptions. At the last minute, we changed our plan and booked a 3 day tour to the South Coast with Arctic Adventures, which turned out to be one of the best last-minute traveling decisions that we have ever made. Everything worked out perfect including the weather. We joined the tour straight from the airport. Plenty of time for the connection. If you don’t mind the jet-lag, this is a good way to do it. 3 days feels short, but we did and saw a plenty. With a good tour guide and driver like Biggi, we had an adventure of life time. Biggi is very knowledgeable of the route and knows exactly where to stop to make it most efficient use of our time at every point. At no point we felt being rushed. I would highly recommend the trip and would definitely want to take another longer trip with Arctic Adventures in a warmer season.

Brilliant hike, amazing views and excellent guide.

Reviewed on November 24, 2021 by Fin J Review from TripAdvisor

Brilliant hike! Vjeran our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and kept the whole bus entertained with information on the volcano the whole way there. Very interesting walk and amazing views at the top. Definitely recommend.

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!

nice trip

Reviewed on October 31, 2021 by Ole M Review from TripAdvisor

Good trip. professional guiding by Viernan, very informative on the vulcano and "educational" level on guiding and learned quite a lot.
nice mix of information and entertainment. Hiking not very demanding.

Interesting, exciting, moderate hiking

Reviewed on October 30, 2021 by SilviaLondra Review from TripAdvisor

We were a couple trying to make the most of our visit to Iceland and we took this tour with Vjeran who was absolutely amazing, very knowledgeable and passionate. A wonderful experience that we highly recommend. A must do!

Trip to the volcano

Reviewed on October 30, 2021 by Janet Review from TripAdvisor

We enjoyed a wonderful trip to the volcano with Vjeran.
He was very knowledgeable and entertaining as well as remembering everyone’s names on the trip. He promised to make the trip a memorable experience and he certainly did that. Despite not being able to see bubbling red lava we did see recent lava flow that was still smouldering.

Don’t spend the money, hike it yourself

Reviewed on October 29, 2021 by Tink0707 Review from TripAdvisor

We were picked up & transported to the volcano. Our group was small; just 8 plus the guide which was nice. The guide didn’t talk much; didn’t offer much information. He also went up & down, very quickly. He checked everyone was coming a long from time to time & safe, but that’s about it. The trail is obvious. There is no need to have a guide, just drive yourself. Just be careful on the lava fields - we saw a lot of people making poor, dangerous choices. There is no lava flowing, but there is still lava underneath & the ground may not be stable. Views were maxing! Took 2 hours 15 minutes from van, up, soak in the view & down & back to the van. Guide offered to stop by a hot pot, which was fine. Round trip it was 5.5 hours (not 8) and we were not able to have lunch in the town during the tour, as was described.
The hike is roughly 2.3 miles up (from the 2nd, overflow parking lot) and I’d rate it as moderate. View is incredible but again, no reason to pay a tour company (at least this one!).

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.

Active Volcano Tour

Reviewed on October 12, 2021 by Chris B Review from TripAdvisor

The guide, Verjan, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. His enthusiasm was second to none. He was mindful of the capabilities and limitations of the members of the group he was guiding. He made the experience a very memorable one.

Great volcano hike

Reviewed on October 09, 2021 by yohay p Review from TripAdvisor

Had a great trip with the guide Vjeran. Super knowledgeable, not only in volcanos and hiking, he's an Alpinist and part of the search and rescue team in Iceland, so you're in very good hands.
The hike was really nice, not too hard, but had quite a climb for those who might struggle, but Vjeran made sure we took it at a good pace.
Though we didn't see lava flowing that day (it's a matter of luck, basically), we did get to explore the area and see the huge lava fields that were (and are being) created since the erruption.
Highly recommended, great experience.

So windy that the trail was too dangerous to hike (and the company did not reschedule it)

Reviewed on September 29, 2021 by Casey Z Review from TripAdvisor

We took the “Volcano Adventure from Reykjavik” day tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful on the drive over, however, the hike itself was entirely self-led. The site was not completely ready for visitors (there was a tractor actively digging pathways as we were walking) and the trail is on private property so there aren’t any park rangers to help if you get stuck.

On our particular day visiting there was no magma visible, but our guide told us that we could either walk down around the lava field or hike up the mountain ridge to get a view of the volcanic crater. The winds that day were very high, and although we were told that it would be quite windy on the ridge, we were not adequately prepared for how dangerous the wind would be. The wind speed on the hike was so high that many people had to crouch in place to avoid being blown over, and the majority of the hikers we spoke with had to give up and turn back, which we also did after feeling that we could not safely complete the hike despite being in good physical shape. Of our own group, only 2 of the 16 people completed the hike.

While we enjoyed being able to see the lava field up close, it was definitely unfortunate to feel like we were not in a safe situation for the hike. We understand that the Icelandic weather is unpredictable and out of anyone's control, however, the description of the tour did not appropriately explain how challenging the hike might be. We appreciate that interest in the volcano is new and developing, and that there is not much infrastructure in place to support tourism there right now, but wanted to provide this honest feedback so that other travelers can enjoy the sight with realistic expectations.

Fantastic experience!

Reviewed on September 26, 2021 by Natalie D Review from TripAdvisor

Truly memorable experience! Vjeran was an amazing guide and true professional- it’s obvious he really enjoys what he does and takes pride in sharing all of the wonderful sights with his group! Be prepared to learn some cool facts about Iceland and get some great pictures on any tour you take with Vjeran!

Once in a lifetime tour

Reviewed on September 26, 2021 by Maria S Review from TripAdvisor

We did the active volcano tour and it was spectacular! Vjeran made the entire experience one of a kind. He was so knowledgeable and shared all of his insights and secret tips. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was having a memorable time. He truly made our experience unforgettable, we couldn’t recommend a tour with him more!!

A fantastic day with a great guide!

Reviewed on September 24, 2021 by Aisling M Review from TripAdvisor

What an amazing day we had on this hike to the live volcano!! The sun was shining and conditions were perfect for the hike. Our guide Vjeran really made the whole trip very enjoyable and he shared his vast knowledge with us about volcanoes, Iceland and more! We even got a breathtaking journey home, we passed through some amazing landscapes and visited hot springs. Would highly recommend this company and tour!

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 hike!

Reviewed on September 12, 2021 by Pioneer152123 Review from TripAdvisor

Our family of 6 adults loved the volcano tour! Our guide, Vjeran, made our trip to the volcano memorable! He was engaging, energetic, and personable. He made sure that we had the best experience possible. He was very knowledgeable about the volcanic activity and gave a great history of eruption and it's current state. We took a vigorous hike to the highest vantage point to view the crater and it was amazing! We had time to have a quick picnic overlooking the volcano before a hike down to the base. We came to Iceland in part to see the active volcano and we were not disappointed! We would have liked to see active lava spewing out but it was in a quieter state on the day of our hike. Overall, this excursion was excellent and I would highly recommend it especially with Vjeran as the guide!

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!

Incredible views of fresh lava + amazing tour guide

Reviewed on September 01, 2021 by Pahul A Review from TripAdvisor

The sight of fresh lava and generally incredible views are the highlight of this trip. Don’t go with the expectation to see fresh mags oozing but if you’re lucky you may just see that happening! Our guide- Hjorteur(hopefully I spelled it correctly) was amazing! He shared with us some very cool facts about this volcano and other Icelandic geography+ history. He went above and beyond to ensure we were all looked after all the way to the top and back!

Incredible

Reviewed on August 26, 2021 by LeoneG97 Review from TripAdvisor

We luckily went on a day with perfect visibility and while the vulcano was erupting. This made for an unforgettable experience.
Our guide Vjeran was great: not only very knowledgeable but also a pleasure to talk to.

Trip ro Volcano with a super guide Vjeran!

Reviewed on August 23, 2021 by Simona Z Review from TripAdvisor

It was an interesting experience to see lava. Sadly that the weather was bad and we couldn't see what is happening around. Thanks for our super guide Vjeran we had lots of interesting facts, share of experience, fun, jokes, lots of fun and he made our trip really cool 🤘 Thank you, Vjeran!!! You are a great photographer as well 🤍

Excellent day out

Reviewed on August 22, 2021 by Ian T Review from TripAdvisor

Very enjoyable day trip, especially if you like geology! Our driver Vjeran was excellent and very helpful and knowledgeable.
Although the volcano was in cloud, my son and I still had a great day.

Once in a Lifetime Experience

Reviewed on August 22, 2021 by MightyHeidi_2012 Review from TripAdvisor

The Volcano tour was one of the best experiences my family has ever had. While it is possible to do this on your own, we felt much more comfortable going with a knowledgable guide. In doing so not only were we able to have a safe experience, we also learned a great deal about volcanic activity, geology, and other interesting facts. I wish we could go back and repeat the experience tomorrow!

Vulcano experience with Vjeran

Reviewed on August 18, 2021 by Nikola K Review from TripAdvisor

Incredible vulcano experience with amazing guide. We seen the black lava field, and the vulcano throwing out lava. Once in a lifetime must.

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!

Life changing opportunity not to be missed.

Reviewed on August 13, 2021 by Ashley W Review from TripAdvisor

What a once in a lifetime opportunity - to see a volcano erupting and in such a breath taking location. Our guide (who's name I am not 100% sure of, Hvafi?) picked us up at our location within time slot given. The group was small and the bus was clean, comfortable and COVID safe. We stopped to pick up a small group from the Blue Lagoon and on the way our guide told us all about the eruption and the lava fields - very interesting. We had perfect weather so could see the plumes of smoke even from Reykjavik. As we approached we stopped in Grindavik which had bathroom facilities (which you had to pay for - 200 ISK - but also food and drink. We recommend you take advantage of the facilities here because even though the site does have toilets, they were exceptionally dirty from all the visitors not practicing good hygiene or trash disposal.

At the site, our guide gave us plenty of time to walk the trial and gave us advise on how to stay safe and how to get the perfect photo. He then joined us on the walk. Though he set a good pace, being a fit and active Viking!, he made it clear we could take our time and he frequently stopped to check we were all OK. We never felt left behind. As we approached the summit the volcano came into view and we were lucky enough to see it especially active, throwing lava over the mountain side and roaring above the wind! A moment we will never forget.

Whilst the climb up was moderately difficult, a rope had been placed at the most difficult part of the slope and generally the rest was hard work but achievable by most people with relative low fitness levels as long as you take your time. Any weariness is completely forgotten at the summit as the volcano is truly something to witness whilst we have this unique opportunity.

On the way down, a gentleman not of our group had fallen and injured his arm on the mountain side. Our guide had rushed to his aid and called the paramedics to check him over. Whilst the man was not severely injured our guide was the perfect gentleman and I am sure his fast response provided the casualty with the comfort of his experience. The experience highlighted the risk of under taking these trips and we strongly advise that you stick to the path and use the rope provided.

Overall a really great trip and a life changing experience . Thank you to our guide for taking us on this adventure. We recommend this to anyone but would ask that you stick to your limits (and the path) and take your time!

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 :))

Highly Recommend

Reviewed on August 08, 2021 by George C Review from TripAdvisor

Peter was an awesome tour guide! We really appreciated that he was able to pick us up at Blue Lagoon and drop us off at the city center. He was entertaining and funny as well! He made us feel very safe during this mild to moderate volcano hike by always taking a head count of everyone. He knew the best places to park, hike, and get the best vantage point of the volcano. We highly recommend this tour and would say it was well worth the money!

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.

A great day out

Reviewed on July 25, 2021 by Adele Review from TripAdvisor

Such a great experience being able to get so close to the lava. Although the weather wasn't the best with misty skies and rain, our guide (Saturday 24th July)was great fun, very knowledgeable and patient. Great day out, thank you.

Great views even if cloudy

Reviewed on July 18, 2021 by Seth S Review from TripAdvisor

A great trip, even on a cloudy day that prevented us from seeing the hot magma in the crater. We viewed a recent lava flow up close, and then a nice but not unduly hard hike up the ridge gave spectacular view of the flows from above. Vjeran, the guide, was a good leader - he was helpful, made it fun despite the weather, and gave clear and correct explanations of how the volcano works. With the extra time resulting from the cloudy conditions, he took us to visit a beautiful hot spring/mud pot site and a site where we saw a stunning lake.view and nice volcanic ash deposits.

Suggestions - dress for cool and wet weather and bring lunch and hiking poles for the ridge. You won’t be alone - many people are doing the hike - but this is definitely worth doing!

Trip was worth doing even if the volcano wasn't erupting today

Reviewed on July 15, 2021 by Mike_at_The_Edge Review from TripAdvisor

Well organised trip with a guide who provided lots of information, and was very good with two older people who couldn't do the hike. The whole trip was just under 8 hours, including two toilet stops and one stop for coffee. Pickups all went well.

Only risk with this type of tour is that the volcano may be quiet when one visits, and today was one of those days. No molten lava, no fiery crater. But lots of great views, steam and older black and grey lava filling the valleys.

No plans for weather change. Lost in fog.

Reviewed on June 25, 2021 by Steven d Review from TripAdvisor

Poor planning for weather changes. Started out ok. On hike up weather Started to deteriate gale winds and fog. On way down four of us got separated from guide. Stranded on mountain in heavy fog and gale force winds. Had to call company to find guide. The guide finally came back. The problem was they had no plans for bad weather and the guide didn't keep the group together.

Breathtaking

Reviewed on June 21, 2021 by Jackie A Review from TripAdvisor

The tour guide (Hilmar) was a total gentleman. He helped me and made sure the winds didn’t blow me down the mountain and into the lava. He also helped an elderly lady up a really steep incline. Also made sure I didn’t fall on the way down. He was super friendly, and made sure everyone had an amazing experience.

Experience of a lifetime!

Reviewed on May 26, 2021 by FC111 Review from TripAdvisor

Went to see Volcano without checking any details! Well.... I made it!. The hike was very difficult for me. Seemed like it was over 1 hrs all the way up to the volcano. But when I got there and saw the first explosion - I totally forgot about the hike! It repeats every 5 minutes and every time it's absolutely mesmerizing! The hike back was MUCH easier! I was told that there is an option of taken a helicopter for not much of the cost difference, but wait time is few weeks, so needs to be booked in advanced. There is a volcano in Hawaii, but this one is soooooo powerful and beautiful! So happy I got to see it! Absolutely recommend this, even if the hike will take you 2 hours!

Close to the volcano

Reviewed on May 05, 2021 by Duff Review from TripAdvisor

That tour was one of the best thing I ever seen. The Volcano was furious, The guides were great. Fantastic day.

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 :)

FAQ

Scientists 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 we 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.

Also, we recommend visiting the volcano to follow these steps in the area:

  • Keep your distance and don't step into the lava from the eruption
  • Due to the risk of gas exposure do not go down into the valleys. Instead, observe the eruption from the hills and mountainsides
  • Be aware of the wind direction
  • Avoid standing directly against the wind

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.

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.

The best and safest way to visit a volcano is with a guided tour. Expert guides will be able to lead you to the eruption site, choosing the most secure paths and the optimal distance to observe the newly formed lava fields so you can get the best, safest, and most enjoyable experience. You can choose to book the hike to the eruption site or book a helicopter tour and see the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula from above.

Make sure that you are prepared before heading out to the volcano. We recommend wearing hiking clothes and packing a backpack with:

  • Extra layers, gloves and headwear
  • Good waterproof hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Snacks for the hike & water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera and extra batteries

The site is open 24/7, but be mindful that it can be restricted for visitors due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. We advise checking the Safe Travel page for any changes.

It is not obligatory to be accompanied by a professional guide to visit the site. However, taking a guided tour is safer than visiting the eruption site as fellow travelers will accompany you, and a local professional guide will ensure your safety. Get to know more about hiking to Meradalir volcano from a local Arctic Adventures guide.

According to the Environmental Agency of Iceland, walking on the lava is forbidden and can be very dangerous. The top layer can easily break when stepped on, causing hazards to people. The lava at Fagradalsfjall Volcano is a unique geological monument that we must respect and protect. It is important for visitors to leave no traces such as throwing stones at the lava or making inscriptions on it. Lavas are under special protection according to art. 61 of the Nature Conservation Act. One of the biggest risks of walking on new lava is breaking the top layer over an unknown lava tube. Falling into a lava tube that's still several hundred degrees Celcius can lead to injuries. 

A new eruption started on the 3rd of August 2022 in Mt. Fagradalsfjall after being officially declared over on December 18th, 2021.

Since August 21st, 2022 there has been no visible activity in Meradalir Volcano. No flowing lava can be seen at the moment, but the hiking path remains open.

Yes, the weather can make all the difference and determine whether you can reach the eruption site or if you will enjoy the journey or not. You can find Weather information here and a gas forecast here.

The Meradalir Volcano is located on the Reykjanes peninsula close to Grindavík.

Yes, if you are not joining a guided tour and driving to the eruption site on your own, the parking fee is 1000 ISK (≈ 8 USD) and can be paid electronically at Parka.is. The payment is valid for 24 hours. There are signs at the parking lots with instructions.

There are currently two parking lots that you can choose from, Parking P1 or Parking P2. You will need to pick the correct payment site accordingly:

Parking P1: https://www.parka.is/pay/geldingadalir/

Parking P2 (Stóri-Leirdalur): https://www.parka.is/pay/volcanoskali/

According to a parka.is, the payment is necessary to pay for the infrastructure on-site and maintenance of it. The intention is to make access better and increase people's safety. The parking lots are monitored with cameras and if parking is unpaid, an additional fee is added and a bank claim is created. The claim usually goes out one day later, so if you have trouble paying on-site, you are able to finish the payment when you arrive back at your hotel.