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About tour

Explore volcanic areas and hot springs near Reykjavík on an epic one-day trip. Hike to recent volcanic eruption sites, visit a lighthouse and a unique bridge and experience the amazing geothermal activity in Iceland.

Highlights

  • Hike to the eruption areas near Fagradalsfjall Volcano
  • Visit Gunnuhver hot-springs
  • Stop at Reykjanesviti Lighthouse
  • Walk on the Bridge Between Continents
  • Visit Kleifarvatn lake (Not a guaranteed stop)
  • Explore the Seltun Geothermal area (Not a guaranteed stop)

Included

  • Guided hike to recently erupted volcano areas
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Sightseeing
  • Headlamp and Wi-Fi on board

What to bring

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

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 10 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 12 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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Itinerary

Join our engaging Volcano Hike and Geothermal Tour, perfect for those visiting Iceland for the first time. The tour begins in Reykjavík and takes you to the Reykjanes Peninsula, a region shaped by seismic forces from the mid-Atlantic ridge. During the tour, you will witness the beauty and power of geothermal phenomena up close and personal, and you will have the opportunity to visit recent volcanic eruption sites near Fagradalsfjall Volcano and the surrounding area of the volcano eruptions that happened from 2021 to 2024.

Our journey might include visiting Lake Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Admire its unique landscape, shaped by subglacial volcanic activity, and learn about the seismic changes that have changed its waters.

(This stop is not currently guaranteed on each tour. If the volcano hike takes longer than expected, we may skip this stop.)

Depending on our schedule, we'll explore Seltún. When visiting this area, you will learn about the dramatic effects of geothermal forces. Here, steaming mud pools and sulfuric hot springs create a moon-like landscape.

(This stop is not currently guaranteed on each tour. If the volcano hike takes longer than expected, we may skip this stop.)

The highlight of our tour is a hike to the heart of Iceland's recent volcanic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Since 2021, this area, just 35km from Reykjavík, has awakened after 800 years of dormancy.

Our trek takes us across the newly formed lava fields, where you'll see the Earth's raw power in the thick, black lava crusts and possibly active steam vents. This is a unique opportunity to witness the birth of Iceland's newest landscapes!

Gunnuhver Hot Springs in Iceland

At Gunnuhver, discover an active geothermal field within the UNESCO Global Geopark. Here, you can see many mini geysers and even the largest mud pool in Iceland with impressive steam vents.

Explore Reykjanesvíti, the oldest lighthouse in Iceland. Situated on Bæjarfell Hill, this historic structure has guided ships since the early 20th century from its position 63 meters above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, cliffs, and birdlife, including the distant Eldey Island's gannet colony.

Tourist stepping over fissure in rocky terrain of Icelandic geological site.

Next, we will visit the Bridge Between Continents at Sandvik, a unique and fascinating location where you can literally walk from Europe to North America in a few steps. Situated on the Reykjanes Peninsula, this footbridge, also known as the Leif the Lucky Bridge, is the gap between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

  • The duration of the tour is around 10 hours. The hike to the volcano can take up to 2 hours.
  • Tour duration is estimated as conditions and trails can vary.
  • We reserve the right to alter the hiking route & stops taken depending on the conditions.
  • Volcanoes are a natural phenomenon and even if the volcano is not erupting during your visit, visiting the area is still fascinating.

FAQ

For updates on the eruption, please check the news about the volcano eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The situation at the eruption site can change. Please check regularly for updates on on accessible areas and safety rules.

Authorities in Iceland have taken the necessary steps to ensure everyone's safety. Hiking in the area will only be allowed once they give the go-ahead. Keep an eye on the situation and regular updates.

When exploring volcanic areas, it's crucial to maintain a safe distance, be mindful of gas exposure, and know the direction of the wind to avoid any mishaps.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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