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Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site Hike and Geothermal Tour

1. Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site Hike and Geothermal Tour

Iceland's Geldingadalur Valley now had multiple craters erupting for the first time in 7000 years, the Fagradalsfjall Volcano crater being the most active. Start with a pickup in Reykjavík before heading on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views. The first stop is Lake Kleifarvatn, where you will enjoy scenes of the black beach and surrounding mountains. Next, get your hiking gear on and hike towards Geldingadalur Valley to see live volcanic activity coming from Fagradalsfjall Volcano. You will be able to enjoy your packed lunch on the hike while seeing lava flowing from the volcano. After, drive by the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcanos of the past have created land formations now covered by soft green lava moss. You'll then get to see and feel the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, where boiling waters and steam will reignite your senses. Only a 5-minute drive from there, you'll stop by the photogenic Reykjanes Lighthouse and the Valhnúkamöl Boulder Ridge to admire the cliffs and sea stacks formed by the Atlantic Ocean. The last stop before heading back to Reykjavík is the Bridge Between Continents where earthquakes have made a rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. It's a fun photo opportunity and a chance to walk between the continents.

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Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike

2. Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike

Get picked up in Reykjavík and set off for the experience of a lifetime, as you hike to a volcanic eruption at Geldingadalur. Head for the volcanic eruption at the Reykjanes Peninsula – where the first volcanic activity in the area for about 800 years is happening. The lava slowly coming up to the surface gives you a chance to experience this amazing natural wonder from a close distance. Our guide will hike up to the volcano with you and tell you all you need to know about the new Fagradalsfjall volcano. The hike is about 1.5-2 hours and has a moderate level of difficulty. Once you arrive, you'll get the chance to see the hot flowing lava of the volcanic eruption. We'll hike around the Fagradalsfjall volcano until we find the best location to sit and enjoy the view, before heading back down.

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From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Volcanic Hike & Blue Lagoon Option

3. 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! The knowledgeable guides will lead you to the volcano site and show how this unstoppable force has dramatically changed the Icelandic landscape. Before you arrive there, you will first see Seltun, an almost lunar landscape of red rocks, orange sediments, hissing mud pots and hot springs. There, you’ll 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.

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Reykjavík: Active Volcano Hike and Reykjanes Peninsula Tour

4. 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 Gunnuhver Hot Springs

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 352 reviews

The guide Thommi was brilliant, took us to extra places not on the tour and really looked after us, got to see the real Iceland with all its natural power and beauty. Brilliant tour, at the end of the tour Thommi gave us each a piece of volcanic rock. Thommi your a blues playing Icelandic legend!

I would highly recommend this excursion. The hike on the volcano was so much fun. It's definitely labour intensive and we had to wait for a few people who struggled. It's definitely worth the effort though.

Great sequence of events hiking up a volcano, seeing that scenery and then wrapping up with the Blue Lagoon? The absolutely perfect day with a great to guide to match!

The guide was great. He said a lot of interesting things about Iceland and was super entertaining on the way to the individual hotspots.

It’s a beautiful and potentially challenging hike if you’re not in good physical shape.