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Geldingadalir Volcano: Our most recommended tours and activities

Reykjavík: Guided Afternoon Hiking Tour to Meradalir Volcano

1. Reykjavík: Guided Afternoon Hiking Tour to Meradalir Volcano

Enjoy an afternoon or evening hike in Geldingadalur Valley, where eruptions over the past two years have transformed the landscape. Learn about the history of volcanoes in the area as well as an introduction to the underlying science from your expert guide. Get picked up in Reykjavík and set out on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views towards the Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Meradalir, and Geldingadallur Valley. Once at the valley, put on your hiking gear and head towards the volcano to hopefully see some lava flowing. The eruption has stopped in recent days, but there was flowing lava here as recently as August 20th, 2022. Bring snacks along with you and enjoy them while you gaze upon this natural wonder. Afterward, as you drive along the peninsula, your guide will fill you in on the history of volcanos in the area, many long-dormant, now covered by soft green lava moss.

From Reykjavík: Merdalir Volcano and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

2. From Reykjavík: Merdalir Volcano and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

Enjoy the mountain views at Lake Kleifarvatn and hike to Fagradalsfjall volcano on this day trip from Reykjavík. Have the option to select pickup and drop-off. Unwind after your hike with a soak in the Blue Lagoon and a complimentary drink. Start your adventure with a pickup in Reykjavík and head towards the Reykanes Peninsula. Peer out of the window to a landscape of mossy-covered lava fields, geothermal fields, fishing villages, breathtaking coastal features, and mountain lakes. Explore hot springs and the black basalt beach of Lake Kleifarvatn. Hike to the eruption sites at Fagradalsfjall and Merdalir Volcanoes in Geldingadalur valley. Witness newly formed green lava descending from the volcano into old lava moss and rocks. End your day by relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. Let the warm healing geothermal waters soften your muscles and soul after your volcanic experience.

Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike

3. Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike

Discover the exhilaration of looking for the lava fields at the Fagradalsfjall volcano on this day trip from Reykjavik. Admire the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula as you hike up the volcano with a local guide. Delight your taste buds with some Lava chocolate. Get picked up in Reykjavík and set off for the last volcanic eruption site at the Reykjanes Peninsula. Your guide will hike up to the volcano with you and tell you all you need to know about the new Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Enjoy a moderate to difficult hike, with rocky terrain and steep slopes. Make sure to wear proper hiking shoes to be stable during the hike. Once you arrive, see the crater where the lava was coming from. Continue the hike around the Fagradalsfjall Volcano until you find the best location to sit and enjoy the view before heading back down.

From Reykjavik: Advanced Meradalur Volcano Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Advanced Meradalur Volcano Tour

Set off on a thrilling trip to the currently erupting volcano with a friendly, local guide. Conducted both in the morning and in the evening, this essential tour is easy to fit into the schedule of a busy traveler to Iceland. This tour begins when you are picked up from your Reykjavik hotel at a time more convenient for you (unless you elect to meet the operator on location). Greet your experienced guide and the rest of your group. This area is renowned for its dramatic lava landscapes, with conic volcanoes, fields of jagged basalt, geothermal areas, and geological marvels. Arrive at the parking area for the hike to the volcano. Your guide will dress you in the necessary equipment before leading you to where one of the world’s most breathtaking sites awaits. Nothing compares to the majesty of an erupting volcano. Flaming craters and fissures, gleaming rivers of molten rock, and a glowing field of lava make the time you will spend here unforgettable. Be sure to bring a drone or camera to capture this phenomenal event. After enjoying this incredible site, you’ll head back to Reykjavik with some once-in-a-lifetime memories. Take this opportunity to witness the currently erupting volcano.

Reykjavik: Guided Volcano and Lava Field Hike with Geopark

5. Reykjavik: Guided Volcano and Lava Field Hike with Geopark

Embark on a guided tour of the newly formed lava field from the volcanic eruptions in Geldingadalur and Meradalir. Enjoy the opportunity to witness rare geological activity at the now dormant volcanoes. Start your tour at the boiling mud pools and colorful landscapes of the Seltún Geothermal Area. Hike up to the volcano and take in the views of the fresh lava field. Take a walk between two continents on a stop by the bridge between the continental plates that divide the peninsula. On the way back to Reykjavík stop by Gunnuhver, the largest mud pool in Iceland. Experience the ground shaking from the enormous power released from the boiling water and steam.

From Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Helicopter Flight

6. From Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Helicopter Flight

In our Fagradalsfjall helicopter tour, you’ll meet your pilot and receive a briefing on this spectacular journey when you arrive at Reykjavik’s domestic airport, which is at a convenient place. You’ll next walk onto the tarmac to your modern, sleek helicopter, which will be waiting for you to take off. Only five or six seats per craft will be available, ensuring a spectacular perspective and an intimate interaction with the volcano. Please remember that eruptions are a natural occurrence that may or may not be active during your visit. This eruption has occurred on the 19th of March, 2021. Relatively, this eruption is small-sized and has taken place on Reykjanes Peninsula. Its geographical location can be traced in Geldingadalir Valley some 20 miles away from Reykjavik. Before this eruption, the Reykjanes peninsula witnessed such eruptions in the 14th century AD. More Interestingly, some 50000 earthquake jolts have taken place following this eruption. It is a catastrophic scenario in the area. The experts of seismology maintain that this volcanic eruption is no less than a surprise. The reason is that meanwhile, the volcano eruption takes place, there was no seismic activity. Without such seismic activity, the eruption seems unlikely. However, the volcano erupted at this site, proving it to be a surprise for the seismic studies. A major benefit of a flying tour like this one is that you will be able to obtain the best view, away from the masses who have come here on foot, giving you a much more intimate experience while enjoying the best view. Remember our Heli tour will not provide you with landing at the site just to ensure the safety of our passengers. You’ll get some beautiful views of the environment surrounding Iceland’s capital as you loop around to the Reykjanes Peninsula, including the verdant Mount Esja and dazzling Faxafloi Bay. The total duration of the tour is approx. 45-60 minutes. Showing you the simmering crater, flowing lava stream, and the extensive lava field. We feel our passengers will get the best experience inside our helicopter. Be sure that our company is supposed to show you the lava scenes during this Icelandic helicopter tour. If the natural occurrence of lava does not take place during our flight, we are not responsible to carry on another flight or assume a new schedule. All of our flights are weather-dependent, and we must follow the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s rules and regulations to make our Icelandic helicopter tour for volcanoes secure

From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

7. From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

Visit a volcano that began erupting on began on March 19, 2021, with a geologist/volcanologist. Uncover interesting geological features about the development of the eruption and the lava field with this Fagradalsfjall tour from Reykjavík.  Be picked up in Reykjavik and drive through old lava fields as you travel to the eruption-side of the volcano. Begin with an overview of the volcanic history of Reyjanes peninsula and view the first signs of a new eruption at this place. Discover how the hot the lava field is forming new land. Let your guide show you how the composition of the lava influences the appearance of the rocks. Head up to the crater viewpoint to see panoramic views of the volcanic landscapes below. Return to Reykjavik with a drive through hot springs, lakes, and mountains in the Reykjanes peninsula.

Geldingadalir Volcano Hike & Blue Lagoon Comfort Ticket

8. Geldingadalir Volcano Hike & Blue Lagoon Comfort Ticket

In the first half of this experience, take guided tour to the volcanic eruption in Geldingadalir, known as Fagradalsfjall Volcano. With the first eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula in about 800 years currently taking place this sight provides a unique opportunity to study the geologic mysteries of the region. The volcano was erupting for a period of 6 months and leaves a dramatic new lava field. Reykjanes Geopark offers dramatic views everywhere you look with endless ancient lava fields, the roaring Atlantic Ocean, colorful geothermal areas, and beautiful mountain views. After a hike around the volcano and sightseeing, you can enter the world famous Blue Lagoon with a comfort admission package, and immerse yourself in the milky-blue geothermal seawaters. Included in the comfort package is entrance, a silica mud mask, use of a towel and a drink of your choice. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience to witness the newly formed crater in Geldingadalir and the Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark, as well as a visit to one of the most relaxing wonders of the world.

From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Volcanic Hike & Blue Lagoon Option

9. From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Volcanic Hike & Blue Lagoon Option

After complimentary pickup in Reykjavik, take a scenic drive along the lava-shaped coast toward the first stop. Once there, follow the trail to the Geldingadalir Valley under the care of your experienced guide. Since it first exploded into life in March 2021, Iceland’s newest volcano has sent rivers of molten lava flowing across this rugged wilderness. Hundreds of thousands of people have come to see the youngest mountain in the world, and this is your opportunity to see the brand-new jet-black fields of lava for yourself. Be led by knowledgeable guides to the volcano site and be shown how this unstoppable force has dramatically changed the Icelandic landscape. Before your arrival, be the first to see Seltun, an almost lunar landscape of red rocks, orange sediments, hissing mud pots and hot springs; be dazzled by the multi-colored craters and steam vents. The Reykjanes peninsula features even more fascinating geological gems. Next, visit the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, a group of active mud pools and steam vents named after a local witch who in folklore met her doom here, so watch your step. After, take a short 5-minute drive to Valahnúkamöl, stunning bird cliffs and basalt columns rising from the sea. Spend some time here enjoying the views of the iconic sights, including Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, the oldest still-standing structure of its kind in Iceland. From there, move on to the Bridge Between Continents, a place where a small metal footbridge straddles the ever-widening gap between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, spanning the Mid-Atlantic Ridge just a few feet above the volcanic sands that stand between the diverging continents. As the final optional part of the tour, discover one of the most popular places in Iceland, the iconic Blue Lagoon where milky sea waters contrast with black lava fields. Here, soak all your cares away for 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon SPA. Enjoy a perfect way to relax and reflect on an unforgettable day spent on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Reykjavík: Active Volcano Hike and Reykjanes Peninsula Tour

10. Reykjavík: Active Volcano Hike and Reykjanes Peninsula Tour

Embark for a once-in-life-time experience and hike up to Geldingadalir to see the hypnotic Fagradalsfjall volcano. Benefit from the comfort of pickup service and start the journey towards Geldingadalur valley. Along the way, marvel at the lunar landscapes and geological marvels of the Reykjanes peninsula. Then, begin your hike of 1-1.5 hours (one way) into the barren surrounding wilderness. Experience real adventure and get as close as it is safely possible to the edge of the ever-growing lava field. Gaze at the breathtaking fountains of fire and vivid orange rivers of lava. Your experienced guide will make your adventure safe, informative, and enjoyable, and will give you time to explore and see the volcano from different angles. Finally, continue the tour and explore the Reykjanes Peninsula with its valleys flows into the lava, its bare heights, its dark rocks and gaping craters.

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What people are saying about Geldingadalir Volcano

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,163 reviews

Siggy was very knowledgeable and upbeat during a physically demanding 12 km hike. He engaged all group members and connected on a personal level regardless of nationality. Siggy was safety conscious and assisted in the descent where I could not do so myself due to physical limitation.

Very interesting excursion. The trek is about 11 km long and takes 3/4 hours. It is an excursion for everyone, I recommend trekking shoes and windproof jacket because it can be very strong!

The hike was great but even more enjoyable was the decent into the lava field and walking through it back to the starting point. Absolutely loved the challenging terrain on descent.

In addition to the volcano we visited two geothermal springs and the fracture between the two tectonic plates. Very smart guide who told very well

This tour activity was like, um, super fun. Holy crapola, I was like yeeehaaaaw during the hike, because it was soooooooo fun.