Litli Hrutur hiking adventure
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Update August 9th: Please note that the flow of new lava has ceased for the time being. The area is still fascinating and well worth a visit.
Our Afternoon and Evening Active Volcano tours from Reykjavík Iceland take you directly to the brand-new eruption site at Litla Hrutur. Pass by the previous eruption sites of Fagradalsfjall and Meradalir in Geldingalur Valley and witness the vast scale of the changes these eruptions have made to the landscape.
The 2021 eruption lasted many months while the 2022 and 2023 eruptions petered out after several weeks. The area is still very active and fascinating, being the place for 3 eruptions within 3 years!
The afternoon or evening departure option to visit the volcano gets straight to the action. After our fast and efficient downtown pickup service, we drive out of the capital area along the moon-like landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula.
After a week in which residents of the South-West experienced thousands of small earthquakes, anticipation was at a fever pitch for a fresh volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula. Finally on July 10, 2023, a 900m fissure opened up just north of the Meradalir crater. This exciting new eruption is believed by scientists to be around twice as big as the recent eruptions in the area.
We join the hiking trail around the lava field remnants of the 2021 Fagradalsfjall eruption. The first section is the steepest before the trail flattens out for several kms. This final section is mossy and bumpy, requires careful negotiation and would be considered as difficult. Total hiking time is about 2 hours but that it can be a little less or more depending on the route we take on a given day.
We go as close to the active volcano as possible. How close depends on many factors, including gas levels, weather conditions and safety warnings from the rescue squad.
To witness a volcanic eruption is simply magical and we hope to share this wonderful experience with you. Book today with BusTravel Iceland.
Depending on the duration of the volcano hike, we may skip this stop.
At Seltún you can view the effect that geothermal waters can have on an environment. Walk along the wooden paths that wind 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.
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An awesome experience to witness the display of fireworks. Guides were friendly, helpful and professional. Some areas for improvement though: - The bus spent more than an hour picking up customers. Tour appears overbooked. If so many customers, it would be better to arrange for 2 buses. - Our bus broke down half way to the destination. As a result, we waited close to an hour for the new bus to arrive.
Tom was an excellent guide, offered much banter throughout the tour and interesting facts whilst showing us some amazing landmarks! Would recommend this to anyone visiting!
Amazing view at the top and super good tour!
Iga is better than tommy
Absolutely fantastic tour, couldn't get up to the summit because of extremely high winds. Our guide Tommy was very knowledgeable of the volcano and took us to a freshly solidified lava field where we could see the cracks in the rock still smoking and difference in the rocks, as a few weeks before that lava flow wasn't there. Amazing to see. Highly recommended.
The bus was late but we got the information both in textmessage and in email so it was fine. The show in the volcano was marvelous. I was not so happy about the guide told us we should leave the volcano at 00.30 but already at 23.45 started talking about getting down because we were cold. So many people was on the volcano and went everywhere so I think a deal must be a deal. The people that stayed on the first top was told not to go further but a big group was also on the next top. More clear information BEFORE leaving the bus would be nice. Apart from that the guide was funny and talkative and interesting. I think that the price should be higher and walking sticks included (they are anyway) and headlamp and wery warm clothes and wind/waterproof clothes should be recommended for the night trip. It says 5 hours but you should expect +1 hour in each end to pick up and that is not so clear (it matters to help plan food and drinks for the tour) But I recommend this trip to all.
Was a good trip (weather didn’t ply ball) - 1 comment is that it’s advertised as a 5 hour trip but in reality is 6 and a half which meant 1am drop off
The tour was great, and the guide Thorhall took safety very seriously. The volcano was sleeping though, and it was foggy, but that is just how it is with nature...
I booked the active volcano hike evening tour. Unfortunately, there is no service of complimentary ticket in the case, if there is nothing to see. Whale watching tours and northern light tours operate with those kind of tickets, which are up to 2 years, so you still get the chance to see something another time. It is much less risk to book such a tour then. We really had a thick fog on our volcano tour. Luckily, we saw a bit of lava. Otherwise, it would have been a pity for the money.
It was amazing! The guide was so good. He made it a fun trip despite of bad weather. When we arrived, it all cleared up and I had a sight that I will never forget! So special.
Easy to book, pickup a little confusing but once we got going later than anticipated, trip was great. Stopped at a couple real cool spots to quickly walk and photo then stopped for water/ snacks. Took a night tour- strongly recommend. It’s a little cooler but you’re going to heat up on your hour plus walk up some pretty steep but manageable trails. We were all given matching orange vests and option of ski poles( walking stick).Guide was great, funny, insightful, amazing- forgot his name but local knowledge was spectacular. Hike up great- gave us several hours on top. Caught an incredibly active day- lava was exploding!!! Lava flow down mountain was stunning. The lava and flow lit the sky- one of if not THE coolest thing I ever saw. Night time enhanced it immensely.We agreed to meet back at bus- everyone cooperated- ride home smooth as they dropped off all parties. Strongly recommend, well run, breathtaking experience I will never forget
Our guide was great. Thanks a lot for this opportunity!
The guide Emma and the driver were great on this tour.
What an experience! We got started sooo late - 21:30. Then to climb to the heavens it took 90 minutes of guts, prayers and sweat. But the volcano came through and we saw an entire fissure open up. The tour guys were funny and very concerned about safety. We got back to our hotel at 3 am and watched the 20-hr sun rise while tending to our wounds. It’s a very very difficult journey so be ready and use this company when you do!
What an amazing experience! We woke up the Volcano, great gathering together, once in a life time experience. Super organized, great guides!!!!
Tour was amazing and informative. We were all able to go at our own speed throughout the hike and the view was spectacular!
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