VOLCANIC ERUPTION HIKE & REYKJANES PENINSULA TOUR

29,990 ISK
(US$234 / €193 / £174)

Minimum numbers (4 people) have been met on the following dates:
Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Friday, October 1st 2021
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

 

This brand new tour of the Geldingadalsgos volcano site is something we’ve been waiting for since the day we opened. This is your chance to see a real life erupting volcano with an expert guide on our volcanic eruption hike! Need I say more? Well actually, the Reykjanes Peninsula where the volcano is situated, is filled with other exciting stops too. This semi-private tour is a great introduction to Iceland’s volcanic landscapes, right on Reykjavík’s doorstep.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As of the 27th of June 2021, it is currently not possible to see free-flowing lava up close. To see the erupting crater from a safe distance (around 1000 metres away) we need to hike up a hill that has some steep sections, though it is well marked and has no risk of exposure to the edges while on the path. The cooled lava fields in the neighbouring valleys are very easy to access and still an incredible sight to behold as the steam seeps through the cracks. But please be aware that on cloudy days you may not see the crater when hiking up on the hill and ridge, and may not see moving lava. On clear days you will see the crater and flowing lava from the top of the ridge. Although this is the current situation, things are constantly changing, so if you are not travelling immediately then it may well be possible to see flowing lava again. 

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. With that said, the trip will inevitably focus on the volcanic eruption hike which accounts for more than half the day. However, there are so many places to see too! Read on to see the full day itinerary.

Reykjanesviti Lighthouse & Gunnuhver Hot Spring

To start the day, we will leave Reykjavík and drive along the north side of the peninsula. You will be able to see the smoke from the volcano in the distance on a clear day. Your expert guide will regale you with volcanic facts and discuss Iceland’s volcanic past. The first stop will be at 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.

Iceland’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti, is also here. 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.

Grindavík Fishing Village

It’s almost time for the volcano. You can probably see the glow by now as we get closer and closer. But first, let’s eat. We’ll stop at our favourite fishing village in Grindavík. Here we’ll take the time to eat some local delicacies while surrounded by the nets and boats that are so often used on these shores. We always recommend the Lobster Soup if you are meat eater. The vegetable soup is not too shabby either (lunch is not included in the price).

Geldingadalsgos Volcanic Eruption Hike

It’s time for the highlight of the trip, a volcanic eruption hike!

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 volcanic activity that day. This sadly means that you may not be able to see the original crater on many of the tours (especially as the lava fields grow in every direction). We will do everything we can to get you up close (not too close of course) to the lava flow itself and have great vantage points too. Every experience is unique. We know you’ll love it!

We’ll get to the hiking trail in the early afternoon and set off together. Your expert guide will keep you entertained on the walk with stories and fun facts about Iceland. The walk in will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes each way at a moderate pace. There are many flat-ground sections along the path but depending on what trail is available that day there can be relatively steep hills for sustained sections. Not to worry though, this track is being continuously improved and widened so we will take this part a little slower if necessary. It’s well worth it when the volcanic lava comes into view for the first time.

There were originally 8 craters that opened up since the start of the eruption on the 19th of March 2021. However, the majority of the activity is situated at the main crater now. While here you will (hopefully) see lava rivers of both pahoehoe fast flowing lava and a’a lava (the slower, rockier stuff).

We’ll spend around 2 hours in the area, staying a respectable distance from the heat of the volcano and taking safety as the 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 how the volcano is erupting that day. We only go to the volcanic eruption site if it is safe to do so!

We generally walk back along the same path which is a little quicker (all downhill). Overall the volcano hike section is around 4 – 5 hours in total.

Krýsuvík Geothermal area

After the hike we take the scenic route back towards Reykjavík, but not before one last stop. We will visit the nearby, Mars like landscape of Seltún by Krýsuvík with its steam vents and mud-pots bubbling right to the surface.

Getting this close to boiling geothermal water will feel surreal. Especially with the steam blurring the landscape around you. The chemical weathering that occurs on the rocks here is something to behold too. You will see rocks in all different colours. When we say ‘all different colours’ we really mean it.

 

Volcano Hike & Reykjanes Peninsula Tour Highlights

OPERATES
All year

PICK UP TIME
8:30 AM

DURATION
9 hours

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Moderate (volcano hike)

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: Guided volcano hike 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, September 23rd, 2021
Friday, October 1st 2021
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
Tuesday, January 4th, 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 volcano hike is categorised as moderate due to the distance and relatively steep sections. This hike should be possible for anyone with a general fitness level and full mobility of ankles and knees. On the hike we will walk at a relatively slow pace based on the fitness of the group and stop for breaks when needed.

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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4 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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