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Description

Our Active Volcano and Geothermal tour is a great introduction to the influence volcanic activity has had on the landscape of iceland. This small-group tour explores the Reykjanes Peninsula which is located a short drive from the capital Reykjavík. The peninsula is situated on the fissure line of the mid-Atlantic ridge which is the cause of all the eruptions, earthquakes and other seismic activity in the region.

Live feed from the Volcano

The highlight of the tour is of course the visit to the eruption site at Fagradalsfjall volcano situated in the Geldingadalir valley. Here you can see flowing lava, molten rock, magma eruptions and vast, newly-formed lava fields. This is a rare opportunity indeed as there have been very few easily accessible and safe to visit active volcanoes in Iceland in living memory. This tour offers a chance to experience geothermal wonders, natural phenomena, and places of stunning beauty.

Along with this magnificent volcano, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you to some of the other highlights that Reykjanes Peninsula has to offer. These include the boiling waters and sulphuric steamy air at the Seltún and Gunnuhver hot-springs, a walk between the American and Euroasian continental plates at the Bridge between Continents, a wonderful photo opportunity at Reykjanesviti lighthouse and the black sand beaches of Kleifarvatn Lake. The compact nature of the peninsula means that you fit an awful lot into this 10 hour day tour.

Highlights

  • Kleifarvatn late
  • Seltun Geothermal area
  • Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption site
  • Gunnuhver hot-springs
  • Reykjanesviti Lighthouse and coastal features
  • The Bridge Between Continents

 

Itinerary

The guided tour starts with our fast and efficient pick-up service, where we will come to pick you up from either one of the hotels in the center of Reykjavik or one of the designated pick-up stops across the city. With everyone on board our comfortable minibus we will then depart from the capital, and begin our exciting road trip with an experienced, knowledgeable tour guide.
 

Lake Kleifarvatn

Lake and Black Beaches at Kleifarvatn

Our first stop of the day is at Lake Kleifarvatn, the biggest lake in the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. The lake is surrounded by fascinating geological features such as palagonite and sandstone mountains, formed in ancient subglacial volcanic eruptions.  
The lake is rimmed with black basalt beaches and beautiful rock formations sculpted by the weather elements throughout the centuries. Kleifarvatn has been severely affected by seismic activity in recent years which led to the lake partially draining. This activity also created a new hot-spring in one corner of the lake. The Lake’s folklore gives this stunning place an extra mysterious feeling.
 

Seltún Geothermal Area

Our next stop is at Seltún, where you can view the effect that geothermal waters can have on an environment. Here one can walk along wooden paths winding between boiling and hissing mud pools and streams of natural hot water flowing over the colorful ground and rock. The air is thick with the smell of sulphur emitted from these hot-springs. Beneath the surface, the hot water dissolves minerals such as sulphur from the rocks and ground soil, leading to this distinctive stinch. Two viewing platforms overhang the area allowing you a 360 degree point of view over the area.

Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Fagradalsfjall eruption Iceland

We now reach the main event! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with an active volcano. Normally volcanic eruptions in Iceland occur in very remote and difficult to reach locations. But the eruption at Fafradalsfjall Volcano is located only a short drive from Reykjavík. Long thought to be a dormant volcano, the eruption at Fagradalsfjall began on March 19 2021. The eruption, while dramatic, is very safe to visit and a must-see when visiting Iceland. It is the first eruption in the region for over 800 years while Fagradalsfjall itself has lain dormant for over 6000 years.
The active volcano hike is of medium difficulty with a total distance around 8km and elevation gain of 300m. Much of the hike is over even terrain with a few steeper sections as you get closer to the eruption site. Much effort has been made to improve the hiking trails and make the volcano more accessible for all.
Your guide will take you to the nearest viewing point where hopefully you will see erupting magma spewing into the air above the mouth of the crater. At times lava has shot many hundreds of metres in the air and has been visible over the mountains in Reykjavík, 50 kms to the north. Once it is expelled from the crater the lava flows down the valley adding to the immense mass of the newly formed lava fields. On the drive to the volcano you will have seen moss covered lava fields formed many thousands of years ago. The new and rapidly cooling lava fields will no doubt resemble them in years to come.
Even if you happen to visit on a less active day, you cannot fail to be impressed by the sheer scale and landscape changing power of this eruption.
After the volcano, there will be a lunch stop in the nearby town of Grindavík.
 

Gunnuhver Hot-springs

After lunch, we proceed to Gunnuhver hot-springs, the centerpiece of the UNESCO Global Geopark. This protected geothermal area is highly active, with steam vents and mud-pools dotting the landscape.

In myth, the mischievous ghost of Gúðrun or Gúnna was trapped here in the mud-pools. Perhaps the violent, barely repressed nature of the area can be explained by the presence of this angry ghost!. Hver is the Icelandic word for hot-spring. So this is the hot-spring of Gunna or Gunnuhver.

Iceland's largest mud-pool is located here and measures 20m in diameter. Like at Seltun, the smelly sulphuric steam lingers over the area.

Geothermal power plants are common in Iceland and Iceland is a world leader in harnessing this raw geothermal energy as well as in renewable energy. The nearby Reykjanes Power Station use this thermal water for electricity generation and district heating for the locality.

Reykjanesviti Lighthouse and Coastal Features

We continue to the majestic Reykjanesviti lighthouse. Dating from the early 20th century, this popular lighthouse has guided ships for over a century with its light a shining beacon at a height of 63m above sea-level. Situated on Bæjarfell hill, the lighthouse is popular with amateur photographers and is also a good place to take in the breathtaking coastal features. 
Here you can also admire Valhnúkamöl boulder ridge, sea-cliffs, sea-stacks, and skerries which are a haven and nesting ground for sea-birds of all description. Eldey Island in the distance is home to the world´s largest Northern Gannet colony, with over 16,000 breeding pairs.These coastal features are under constant attack by the furious waves of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bridge between Continents

Our last stop of the day is the Bridge between Continents. After witnessing the effects of seismic activity over the course of this day, here is an opportunity to visualise the root cause of all the wonders you have seen.

Reykjanes peninsula lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where two major tectonic plates are moving apart from one another, the gap increasing by a few centimeters each year. This location is one of the few locations on earth in which this ridge is above sea level.The bridge between continents is a 15-meter footbridge that gives you a unique opportunity to walk between the two tectonic plates where North America and Europe drift apart.

We get back on the bus and begin our drive back to the city which will take just under 1 hour and will see moss covered lava fields, the remains of past volcanic eruptions in this region scarred and built from seismic activity.

 

What's included

  • Experienced guide for the tour and hike.
  • Wi-fi on board.
  • Hike to Fagradalsfjall Volcano.
  • Parking and admission fees.
  • Headlamp

What's excluded

  • Meals and drinks

What do I need to bring

  • Warm first layer of clothing and a waterproof second layer.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes.
  • Water, lunch and snacks
  • Face mask is recommended to protect from ashes at the volcano.
  • Hiking poles are recommended, they can also be rented from BusTravel Iceland.

Important information

  • The duration of the tour is around 10 hours.
  • This is a small-group tour with a maximum of 21 passengers.
  • There is no food or drinks included on this tour but there will be a stop where you are able to buy lunch.
  • Volcanoes are a natural phenomenon and the level of volcanic activity at the site varies from day to day. Even if the volcano is not erupting during your visit, visiting the area is still fascinating.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure

Guided Language

  • English

Reviews!

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Amazing tour guide

Pick up place was far and a little crazy (bus stop 12 - 15 mins walk from our hotel in downtown Reykjavik). We got on the bus that dropped us to get on another bus. However, the tour was amazing. Our tour guide, Simon, was excellent. He’s very knowledgable and patient since I was super slow on the volcano hike. We didn’t see lava or the eruption but still worth the hike. We got to see many places other than the volcano. I would recommend this!

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By Natnisha on 2021-09-10

Lava worth the trip

The weather did not cooperate so didn’t see the volcano, but the lava field was enough of a ‘wow’ to make it worthwhile anyway. I enjoyed it all even though I was completely soaked throughout. The guide Asgear (Asgear, I remembered your name!) was great. Trudging around in wet weather must get old, but his spirit was lively throughout. I would do it again, but only if weather was better.

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By Mo on 2021-08-23

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

Loved our tour guide, Aisgarr (hopefully I remembered his name correctly!) The sights were exquisite.

By Fonde Taylor on 2021-08-05

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

The tour was great and our guide was fantastic. We had a nice hike up to see the crater, were we had our lunch, and also some time to spent at the lava-field. Then a part of the group was dropped off at the Blue Lagoon and we went on to visit some other sites. A great day!

By Sofieke Van der Velde on 2021-08-04

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

The volcano tour is well organized. Both, the driver and the guide are very professional. I totally recommend this tour.

By Cristina Urbina Pons on 2021-08-01

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

Very nice tour ! After some hot springs, we went for the Volcano. The hike is rather steep and especially the descent was quite demanding but the view on the volcano was great ! Unfortunately the volcano was rather in a lazy mode :-(. Our guide Asgeir was very enthusiastic and full of humour but he also gave us lots of useful & relevant information. A very nice day which we recommend !

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By Bart Desplenter on 2021-07-27

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

Great experience. Our guide, Àsgeir, was excellent - funny, knowledgeable, experience, practical and had just the right balance of talking and allowing periods of quiet just to enjoy the awe of the scenery, etc. The stop for lunch at a fish restaurant was unexpected; I had brought a packed lunch and was surprised at this additional expense (although it was optional - I could have said no - but actually well worth the money in the end!) Overall, the tour was superb and very well presented. I'd have no hesitation in recommending the quality and value of the trip.

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By Fraser Boyd on 2021-07-27

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

Great experience. Our guide, Àsgeir, was excellent - funny, knowledgeable, experience, practical and had just the right balance of talking and allowing periods of quiet just to enjoy the awe of the scenery, etc. The stop for lunch at a fish restaurant was unexpected; I had brought a packed lunch and was surprised at this additional expense (although it was optional - I could have said no - but actually well worth the money in the end!) Overall, the tour was superb and very well presented. I'd have no hesitation in recommending the quality and value of the trip.

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By Keerthivasan Ambigapathy on 2021-07-25

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

Exploring the volcano and the Reykjanes peninsula was a great experience. The tour guide was knowledgeable, humorous, and engaged the group well. They followed the pace and pulse of the big group and reacted well to any exigency that came up. Highly recommended and a good value for money.

By Keerthivasan Ambigapathy on 2021-07-25

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

A very helpful staff. Your bus driver went way out of his was to assist us and I greatly appreciate his service.

By George Bemis on 2021-07-26

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

The trip was lovely! We made a lot of little stops that weren't on the posted itinerary but they were all very pleasant surprises that enriched the experience. The tour guide, Simon, was very cognizant of the group's needs and desires and did a great job accommodating everyone and ensuring everyone's safety and comfort. He was also friendly and knowledgeable; I felt welcomed to his homeland and learned something about the culture and history from his stories.

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By Amy Werner on 2021-07-21

Active Volcano and Reykjanes Sightseeing tour

Excellent… our guide was lovely

By Susan Parker-Leavy on 2021-07-23

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