REYKJANES, VOLCANO & LAVA TUNNEL

29,990 ISK
(US$234 / €193 / £174)

Minimum numbers (4 people) have been met on the following dates:
Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Thursday, June 9th 2022
Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Monday, July 11th, 2022
Thursday, July 28th, 2022

This brand new semi-private tour brings all the best scenic sights of the Reykjanes peninsula with the added bonus of a view of the Geldingadalur volcano lava field (now dormant) and a journey into the Raufarhólshellir, Lava Tunnel. This is your chance to experience one of the most volcanically active places on the planet with an expert guide!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION (updated on 12th of December 2021): The volcano hasn’t produced new lava since September 2021 meaning it’s not possible to see glowing or moving lava at present. However, it is still possible to see the ‘newest land on the planet’ by getting close to the new lava field. It is often not possible to see the distant volcanic crater on this tour since the hike to the viewpoint is up a steep hill and would be too long for a scheduled day tour that also includes sightseeing as well as the Lava Tunnel tour. For a volcano hike only tour please reach out to us by email for a private, customised trip (info@hiddeniceland.is)

The unique geology and landscapes are a result of the separating tectonic plates that are pulling it apart. Today you will explore the most fascinating sights in this geological hotspot, which is included in the UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Raufarhólshellir, Lava Tunnel & Krýsuvík Geothermal Area

To start the day, we take a visit to Raufarhólshellir, better known as the Lava Tunnel. This is one of the longest and best lava tubes in Iceland. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you’ll walk the same path that lava flowed during the Leitahraun eruption 5200 years ago. The formations and colours within the scorched earth of The Lava Tunnel have to be seen to be believed. After the Lava Tunnel, we visit the nearby, Mars like landscape of Seltún in Krýsuvík with its steam vents and mud-pots bubbling right to the surface.

Geldingadalur Volcano View

DISCLAIMER: The volcano is constantly changing and creating new unique challenges every day. All images on our site are historic by their very nature. Your guide will take you to the best and safest spots near the volcano based on weather, hiking route options and gas levels. We will get you up close to the cooled lava field (steaming volcanic rocks).

Your expert guide will keep you entertained on the walk with stories and fun facts about Iceland. The walk from the car park to the lava field is only 20 minutes with one small hill to go over. There are many flat-ground sections around the lava field for exploring.

Overall, we’ll spend around 1 hour in the area. Staying a respectful distance from the newly formed lava rock is important since there can be lava hiding beneath the cooled rock. This means we will not walk on the lava rocks while on the tour, even if you see others doing it. Safety is always our chief concern. Please keep in mind that our safety measures may be more stringent than some of the people you see at the volcano site. This means your guide will assess the site and determine where is safe to walk to while there. This is often dictated by gas levels, wind direction and conditions on the day. We only go to the volcanic eruption site if it is safe to do so!

Reykjanesviti Lighthouse & Gunnuhver Hot Spring

To end the day, your expert guide will take you to the south-western most point of Iceland. This is a great bird watching spot but also a fantastic view of the broken sea cliffs, formed from multiple volcanic eruptions. You will see examples of pillow lava here too.

In the background you’ll see Iceland’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti. The lighthouse was first built in 1907-1908. A great picture moment for sure.

Just around the corner is another great stop, at the Gunnuhver geyser. This highly active geothermal area is surround by mud pools and steam vents. In the centre is the geyser that constantly sprays out hot water and steam into the air. Keep an eye on wind direction as you approach it, we don’t want you to get wet. Though it’s all part of the fun if you do.

 

REYKJANES, VOLCANO & LAVA TUNNEL DETAILS

OPERATES
All year

PICK UP TIME
09:00 AM

DURATION
9 hours

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Easy to Moderate
(some uneven walks)

GROUP SIZE
Semi private
Min 4 / Max 8

MINIMUM AGE
10 years old

PRICE ADULT – ISK
29,990 ISK

USD
Approx. $241

EURO / GBP
Approx. €198 / £171

Included: General entry to the Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel, all Reykjanes sites with pickup and drop-offs in Reykjavik, transportation with a small group and an English speaking guide.
Excluded: Meals

Less than 4 people? Then join us when our minimum booking numbers have been met on the following dates. If your preferred day isn’t open to book get in touch!

Thursday, April 14th, 2022
Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Monday, July 11th, 2022
Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Good to know

Please note that meals are not included in the tour price but we stop at a lovely restaurant in the town of Grindavík for lunch during the tour with a selection of sandwiches, soups, vegetarian friendly meals, fish and more.

As with all our trips, on this Reykjanes Peninsula tour be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact us directly.

All tours are charged in Icelandic Krona (ISK). Other currencies shown on the website are only indicative and are subject to currency fluctuations.

The walk to the volcano view is categorised as easy to moderate due to the small hill and uneven surface. This is mostly flat ground when exploring the lava field though. This walk should be possible for anyone with a general fitness level and full mobility of ankles and knees. On the walk we will go at a relatively slow pace based on the fitness of the group and stop for breaks if needed. It is a similar exertion and difficulty to the Lava Tunnel.

To alter this tour to be a private tour please contact us through the contact form or email info@hiddeniceland.is.

Keep exploring!

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5 Thoughts

  1. Hallo.

    We are planning a trip to Iceland Dec 29 2021 to Jan 5 2022. We plan to rent a car. Is it possible to join the hike with the group at the site rather than from Reykjavik? (3 adults)

    1. Hi Tina,

      Good question. We don’t offer a meet on location for this tour. This is because it is always difficult to know exactly when we will go to see the volcano. Sometimes we reverse the order in case the weather is better in the morning or in the afternoon and other times we spend longer at other spots. Feel free to email us at info@hiddeniceland.is if you want to learn more. If you are self driving you can achieve the hike yourself (with current conditions) but please check safetravel.is before attempting any hike to such an area.

      Thanks

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