Geldingadalur Volcano Hike with Guidance
This first eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula in about 800 years provides an unique opportunity to study the geologic mysteries of the region and is open for all to enjoy! After being shaken by months of increasingly disruptive earthquakes, including thousands in the past weeks, Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula is finally experiencing the volcanic eruption that many geologists suspected was on its way.
Reykjavik Excursions offers a guided tour to the volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur, known as Fagradalsfjall Volcano. The driver and guide will take the group to the start of the hiking route towards the volcano in Geldingadalur, where the group will hike towards the volcano. The hike will take approximately 1.5 hours each way and the trail is conveniently marked.
Don´t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience and witness the raw power of lava pouring out of the surface of the earth.
Reykjavik Excursions will follow the recommendations of the Civil protection service and cancel the tour if circumstances at the eruption site are unsafe.
Please be aware of the public guidance for hikers visiting the site. For more information visit the Safe Travel website.
· Be aware that the weather can change quickly.
· Wear hiking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing.
· Assume that the journey may take longer than planned.
· Bring a packed lunch and water to drink.
· Keep an eye on your travel companions. Fatigue and hypothermia come quickly.
· Stick to hills and ridges. Avoid valleys and dells in the landscape.
· There is a risk of rock fall. Beware of steep slopes
· The telephone connection in the area is bad and it can therefore be difficult to call for help if needed.
· Eruption sites can change, and new eruption cracks may open on short notice.
· Gas pollution is strongest close to the area and can lurk in valleys and dells where it is particularly dangerous.
· Gas pollution can change on short notice if the eruption suddenly increases, and it is dangerous to be near the eruption sites without measuring instruments.
- Bus fare
- Free Wi-Fi
- This is a guided tour & hike
- The hike is about 1.5 hours, each way
- Difficulty level: Moderate
- Distance: 8 km
- Elevation: 300 m
- Hikers will have approximately 1,5 hours to view the volcanic eruption
Remember to dress according to weather and to bring food and drink.
Please wear hiking shoes and bring crampons as conditions can be slippery during winter.
- Travellers need to bring their own face mask and are required to use it onboard all buses.
- Hikers are responsible for following social distancing rules during the hike.
Jun 2021 • SoloBest thing to do in Iceland. The tour was well organized and made this once in a lifetime event worthy
May 2021 • CouplesWe booked a tour to hike the volcano in late May. James and Eignar are wonderful! We were locked up on time in the nearest keep and we’re whisked away. They’re expert guides - they even divided our tour into “fast” and “not so fast” groups so everyone could go at their own pace. James guided our smaller group expertly and made sure we saw the coolest parts. They’re a small and young company - please support small businesses! This tour was the highlight of our time in iceland - and not just because James helped my fiancé find the best spot to view the eruption as he proposed 🙂
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone of any age or ability - James and Eignar are tremendous and the tour they’ve put together is worth every single penny (or krona!)
The most amazing experience with a wonderful guide, Eignar! This is a once in a lifetime must. Our guide was wonferful and made sure everyone stayed together and was doing okay on the hike up. He provided poles for those uncertain of their footing. Spectacular view! We were able to get very close to the lava flows.Written June 6, 2021
Jun 2021 • FriendsJames was such an amazing and patient guide, we took a night tour of the volcano which left at 6 pm. He gave us background information about the volcano, the area, and the eruptions. He was very attentive, checking in with the group throughout the 8-10 mile hike. When we reached the summit, James positioned our group on a hill, with an unobstructed view of the volcano. What a gift! We sat on the edge of the hill, and the eruptions came every 10 minutes. We were in awe! He took a quick poll...and it was unanimous, we all wanted to stay longer. So we stayed, and had an experience of a lifetime. Thank you James! He's the one in the pic!
This was an incredible experience!
It is very physical, and included going up and down hey steep slopes on rocky or uneven paths.
The guide was excellent at keeping track of people while also letting them adventure on their own a bit. He knew his stuff.
It was an incredible experience!
Literally the best tour I have been on! No regrets, not that difficult of hike had the time you will be distracted by views if lava . Perfect tourWritten June 5, 2021
Truly a once in a lifetime experience to get see an erupting volcano this close! The upper parts of the trail can be steep and windy. I would definitely recommend wearing pair of hiking boots if you have them. James was a fantastic guide and was very knowledgeable able the geography of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Would highly recommend!!
May 2021 • SoloThere were 7 of us in the group. Einar, our guide, drove us in a most comfortable van to the parking lot. After an uphill hike of about an hour, Einar took us first to the base of the still quite warm volcanic rock, then up to the viewing station of the valvano. Absolutely amazing to witness Mother Earth belching forth molten lava -;just like the pic shows. Einar gave us pertinent info we the valcano's recent history as well as history of Iceland's volcanic history.
I highly recommend the experience. Thank you.
May 2021 • FriendsThe volcano tour was amazing and unforgettable. Our guide, James, was very interesting and reliable. He knew every observation point worth stopping at and even picked a more beautiful road to the volcano when we drove to it. As for the volcano part, I can't describe in words how stunning it is when you stand in front of the volcano. But you are definitely worth the trip and I highly recommend this tour, it made our volcano trip a much better experience.
May 2021 • SoloWOW!!!! Amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity. Do not miss this! The pictures and videos are making all my friends back home jealous, and it is just a mind blowing experience.
Glaciers and Waterfalls Iceland is a small company, not some big, generic tour operator, and it shows. Service was very personalized and pleasant. James was a great guide with a lot of enthusiasm and great information to share. I would definitely go with this company and with James again.
The hike is about 5 miles round-trip. We took one little detour to get right up close to the lava (totally worth it!), so it ended up being about 5.5 on my GPS hike tracker.
One thing I would recommend is to make sure and bring water and possibly some snacks. James stopped at a gas station for us so that we could grab some snacks and drinks, but I would advise just bringing some with you. Also, dress warmly and bring a rain jacket! When you are at the top, trying to enjoy the show, you can’t just go back to the car to get your rain jacket. It was pretty nice and warm as we were hiking up, but when we got to the top, it started snowing and hailing. I had a good rain jacket, but my gloves were not great, and my hands got cold.
Totally worth it and then some. If the volcano is still erupting during your trip to Iceland, absolutely do not miss this!