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This private guided tour is for adventurous people who want to tick a truly extraordinary experience off their bucket list - seeing the recently erupted volcano!


  • Erupting volcano
  • Litli-Hrútur Volcano
  • Private Guided Tour
  • Newly-formed Lava Fields
  • Reykjanes Peninsula

Since 2021, an annual eruption has taken place at Reykjanes Peninsula, with 2023 being no exception. Now known as the Litli Hrutur Volcano, it gives a unique opportunity to access its site and see this relatively rare natural phenomenon from quite a close distance. 

The hike to the volcano will be challenging but completely worth it, and your professional guide will take of you every step of the way! 

Please note that the site and what’s happening there at the moment might pose some risks. We value your safety; thus, you’ll only be allowed to the areas that are secure to be at.

Availability All Year
Departs From Reykjavik
Duration 5-6 hours
Level Moderate
Minimum age 10 years
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No
Tour Type Private Tour
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What's Included


  • Private guided hike to the recently erupted volcano site
  • Expert guide to ensure your safety throughout the tour
  • Transportation to and from Reykjavik
  • Staying at the site for over 2 hours
  • Free WiFi on the Bus
  • Crampons (if needed)

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof pants and jacket
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Camera

Not Included

  • Food and drinks



On July 10th of 2023, a volcanic eruption started near mountain Litli-Hrútur in Reykjanes Peninsula. It's not the first time that an eruption has happened in this area. A year ago (August 3rd, 2022), a 300-meter fissure opened in the middle of Meradalir Valley after a series of earthquakes. And back in March of 2021, Fagradalsfjall volcano showed in all its glory. 

This year, the volcanic activity is taking place in a similar location to the two previous eruptions. 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 newly formed land. It's still possible to see steam and gases rising from the formed lava field and newly-appeared fissure. This offer should be on your bucket list, don't miss it!

Please note: 

  • The volcano eruption site can also pose some risks. While in the area, please be cautious of your surroundings, and listen to the instructions given by your guide. Your safety is a number one priority, and because of this, you might be asked to keep your distance from ongoing volcanic activity.

  • The total hike to the eruption site is around [?] km long and challenging, so please evaluate your physical preparation before booking this tour.

  • Since the Litli-Hrútur volcanic eruption is an ongoing occurrence, for recent updates and safety precautions, please check the country's official websites to ensure your safe travels.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 safety of our passengers is our number one priority; therefore, we will follow the instructions coming from the authorities.

Also, we recommend visitors to the volcano 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

Yes. Due to safety concerns, the status of access to the eruption can change. The newest eruption site, which is along the route from Suðurstrandarvegur, is a unique chance to see nature's power up close. With proper preparation and precautions, a rather challenging 20km round trip can be rewarding. However, we advise to check regularly the Safe Travel page for any safety updates. So, while you can visit, it's best to stay prepared and flexible with your plans.

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. 

A new eruption started on the 10th of July 2023 in Mt. Litla-Hrút, a year after the last eruption at Meradalir ended on August 21st, 2022.

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.

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.

Hiking poles for this tour are not necessary however if you have it and know how to use them, bring them along with you or rent them during the booking process.

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