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 8 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

April 27, 2021

Incredible experiece

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 :)

Reviewed by nordictraveler93

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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 6 reviews

Active Volcano Hike

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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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