Volcano Eruption Hike
On this complete tour you will walk through the oldest and moss-covered lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the spectacular site of Iceland's last volcanic eruption and also visit other geothermally active areas on the peninsula. Our expert guide will provide the necessary safety equipment and information to help visitors enjoy this unique experience safely. Pictures can say a thousand words, but seeing, feeling and smelling a real volcanic eruption in person is truly a once in a lifetime experience that will leave you speechless.
Once we get to the trailhead it is a 1.5-2 hour hike to the eruption through uneven terrain. Depending on weather conditions, you may see billowing smoke and a red glow reflecting off the clouds before finally seeing the craters themselves, rising above the valley and spewing red-orange lava hundreds of meters into the air. Since the eruption began on March 19, 2021, molten lava has slowly filled the valleys surrounding the craters, completely changing the landscape.
We will spend 2-3 hours at the eruption site, allowing you plenty of time to explore the area. You'll notice that in some places, lava collects in vast lakes that stretch out at the base of the craters, a layer of thin black crust that forms on top as it cools. You can even see lava flow in glistening rivers, or you can just sit back and watch lava gush out of craters and hear the soft crackle as it solidifies into the newly formed rock.
On the way back to Reykjavik, we will make a short stop at the Krysuvik geothermal area, where you can walk among the boiling mud pools and natural volcanic steam vents. From there we will visit the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula, Kleifarvatn, at 97 meters it is one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. An earthquake in 2000 caused the lake's water level to drop suddenly. Since then, the water level has returned to normal, but along the southern shore of the lake you can still see steam from numerous hot springs that were revealed after the 2000 earthquake.
What is 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.
- Stop for 2-3 hours to view the eruption and the new lava
What do I need to bring
- 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
- Snacks and water.
- Hiking poles are recommended but not required
Good to know
- The hike from the trailhead to the eruption site takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, each way. The terrain is uneven and rocky, and you will need to go over a few steep hills.
- Minimum age of passengers is 12 years old