Volcano eruption hike in the Reykjanes Peninsula
Activities

Volcano eruption hike in the Reykjanes Peninsula

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Validity: 8 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Learn about the geothermal areas from a local guide
  • No stress tour with all the safety equipment provided to help you feel at ease
  • Pictures might say a thousand words, but seeing, feeling, and smelling a real volcanic eruption in person is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
What to expect

On this Volcano hike, you’ll travel through the mossy older lava fields of Reykjanes Peninsula to the spectacular site of Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption and have time to visit other geothermally active areas on the peninsula. The expert guide will provide the necessary safety gear and information to help visitors safely enjoy this unique experience.

Once you arrive at the trailhead, it is a 1.5 to 2-hour hike up to the eruption area, which is through some rough terrain. Depending on the weather conditions, you may see billowing smoke and a red glow reflecting against the clouds before finally seeing the craters themselves, towering over the valley and spewing red-orange lava hundreds of meters into the air.

There are several craters actively erupting, all in a row along the same magma fissure. Since the eruption first started on March 19, 2021, the molten lava has been slowly filling up the valleys surrounding the craters, completely changing the landscape.

You will spend around 2-3 hours at the eruption site allowing you plenty of time to explore the area. You will notice that in some places, the lava pools into vast lakes that spread out at the base of the craters, a layer of thin black crust forming on top as it cools. You may even get to see the lava flow in bright glowing rivers, or you may just want to sit and watch lava spurting from the craters and listen to the gentle crackling as it solidifies into newly formed rock.

On the way back to Reykjavik there will be a short stop at Krysuvik geothermal area where you can take a walk between the boiling mud pools and natural volcanic steam vents. From there you will visit the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula, Kleifarvatn. The lake is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and at 97 meters is one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. An earthquake in 2000 caused the water level of the lake to drop suddenly. The water level has since returned to normal but along the south shore of the lake, you can still see steam from numerous hot springs which were revealed after the 2000 earthquake.

It’s Iceland’s volcanic nature that helps create and shape its jaw-dropping landscapes– the lava fields, mountains, and geothermal areas–and makes it such a magical place.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops
    • Transfer from Reykjavik to the Reykjanes peninsula
    • Expert guide with necessary safety gear including gas monitors
    Reduced price

    Youth (12-17)

    Where
    Meeting point:

    You will be picked up from your hotel, guesthouse, or bus stop, please confirm the location in the checkout process

    What to remember
    • Make sure to wear appropriate outdoor clothing that is water and wind-resistant
    • The hike takes place in a mountainous area where the weather can be unpredictable, jeans and other clothing made from cotton is not suitable
    • Good hiking boots are necessary
    • Bring some snacks and water
    • Hiking poles are recommended but not required
    • Please note: The hike from the trailhead to the eruption site takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, each way and the terrain is uneven and rocky, and you will need to go over a few steep hills
    • Children under 12 are not permitted on this tour
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    When
    • Please see the calendar for updated date and time
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    Provider
    Gray Line Iceland
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.

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