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Seeing the recently erupted volcano with your eyes is truly a bucket-list experience. Don’t go there alone - book a private tour with a professional guide to safely lead you to it!


  • Recently erupted volcano
  • Meradalir Volcano
  • Private Guided Tour
  • Newly-formed Lava Fields
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Seltún Hot Springs

This private guided tour is for adventurous people who want to tick a truly extraordinary experience off their bucket list - seeing the active volcano! The geology of Meradalir valley gives a unique opportunity to access the active volcano and see it 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!

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



Man by Fagradalsfjall Volcano Lava

On August 3rd, 2022, the Meradalir volcano erupted for the second time in the same area within one year. If you want to see the recently erupted volcano, you should not wait and visit it now!

After the series of earthquakes, a 300-meter fissure opened in the middle of Meradalir valley. Meradalir valley 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 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 total hike to the eruption site is around 12 km long and challenging, so please evaluate your physical preparation before booking this tour.

  • The shown price is for 1-6 people in a group. Please enter the number of people in your group when booking a tour.

  • Please keep in mind that volcanic eruption is a natural phenomenon and therefore is hard to predict. We cannot guarantee the sight of boiling lava, but while the main crater is dormant, you will still be able to see the fresh lava surrounding the area.

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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 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.

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 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:

Parking P2 (Stóri-Leirdalur):

According to a, 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.

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

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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