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Reykjavík: Guided Afternoon Hiking Tour to New Volcano Site

1. Reykjavík: Guided Afternoon Hiking Tour to New Volcano Site

Update August 9th: The flow of new lava at Litli-Hrutur has stopped, at least for the time being. The area is still smoldering and is fascinating to visit. Enjoy an afternoon or evening hike in Geldingadalur Valley, where eruptions over the past two years have transformed the landscape. Recently a new eruption has begun at Litli Hrutur, transforming this once quiet region even more. 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. Bring snacks and water along with you and enjoy them while you gaze upon this natural wonder. The hike to a good viewing point of the eruption takes around 2 hours+/-. 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.

Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site and Reykjanes Hiking Tour

2. Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site and Reykjanes Hiking Tour

Update August 9th: The flow of new lava at Litli-Hrutur has stopped, at least for the time being. The area is still smoldering and is fascinating to visit. After a period on calm following eruption in 2012 and 2022, the Reykjanes Peninsula has awoken once more. In mid-July, a new volcano at Litli Hrutur erupted spewing lava and smoke over a vast area. Discover the beauty of volcanic landscapes in the Geldingadalur Valley on this day trip from Reykjavík. Walk past the eruption site Meradalir and Fagraadalsfjall Volcano areas to see the new lava fields. Capture photos at locations like Lake Kleifarvatn, The Bridge between Continents, and Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Start with a pickup in Reykjavík before heading on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views. Stop by Lake Kleifarvatn to take in the black sand beach and surrounding mountains. Lace up your hiking boots and begin the long walk towards Litli Hrutur, north of Meradalir. Please note that the hike is of moderate to hard difficulty and takes around 2 hours each way. But please note that the route we take can vary depending on conditions on the day. We will always take you to the safest viewing point. This is a good moment to eat your packed lunch. Drive the Reykjanes Peninsula, where volcanoes have shaped the area, with immense ancient lava fields now covered by soft green lava moss. Continue to the Gunnuhver Hot Springs to breathe in steam from the boiling waters. Make your way to the oldest lighthouse in Iceland Reykjanes Lighthouse. Admire the cliffs and sea stacks formed by the Atlantic Ocean at the Valhnúkamöl Boulder Ridge. Finally, see the Bridge Between Continents which crosses a rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Get a picture of you walking across the bridge before returning to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavik: New Volcanic Eruption Area Helicopter Tour

3. From Reykjavik: New Volcanic Eruption Area Helicopter Tour

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: Volcanoes and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

4. From Reykjavík: Volcanoes and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

Update August 9th: The flow of new lava at Litli-Hrutur has stopped, at least for the time being. The area is still smoldering and is fascinating to visit. Enjoy the mountain views at Lake Kleifarvatn and hike to the erupting volcano at Litli Hrutur 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. In July 2023, a new volcanic fissure opened in the hills of Reykjanes. Hike past to the 2021 eruption site at Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Geldingadalur valley. The hike takes about 2 hours each way on generally flat terrain. You won´t regret the effort though as you are rewarded with a stunning display of natural force. Witness newly formed lava descending from the volcano into old lava moss and rocks. After the unforgettable experience, hike back down the valley once more. Your bones might be weary so ending your day by relaxing in the Blue Lagoon is the perfect medicine. Let the warm healing geothermal waters soften your muscles and soul after your volcanic experience.

Reykjavik: Guided Tour to Volcano and Reykjanes Geopark

5. Reykjavik: Guided Tour to Volcano and Reykjanes Geopark

Nature's marvels never cease to amaze, and the Reykjanes Peninsula is a testament to Iceland's unparalleled beauty. This region is a true geothermal wonderland, where dramatic landscapes, bubbling mud pools, sizzling hot springs, and intriguing geological formations await your eager eyes. As the earth's tectonic plates pull apart beneath your feet, you'll have a front-row seat to witness the raw power of nature that has shaped this mesmerizing terrain. 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 formed in the recent eruptions. Stand astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a remarkable geological boundary where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet on the Bridge between continents. This unique location offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to traverse between two continents! On the way back to Reykjavík stop by Gunnuhver, the largest mud pool in Iceland. Prepare to be mesmerized as you encounter the powerful geothermal forces of Gunnuhver. The roaring steam vents and bubbling mud pots create an otherworldly atmosphere, evoking the raw energy that lies beneath the Earth's surface.

From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Geopark Tour and Sky Lagoon Visit

6. From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Geopark Tour and Sky Lagoon Visit

Leave Reykjavik behind and set off for an exciting hike up to the newly formed lava field on this daytime tour. See the Geldingadalur Volcano which last erupted in 2021, Meradalir Volcano which last erupted in August 2022 and Litli-Hrútur last erupted in July 2023. Explore the volcanic landscape before relaxing in warm geothermal waters. Depart from Reykjavik City Center and begin the journey by admiring boiling mud pools and colorful landscape at Seltún Geothermal area. Travel to the start of the hiking route and hike the most convenient way to witness the newly formed lava field. After the hike to the Volcano, head to the bridge between continents, where you get the chance to walk between the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate. After an exciting day exploring the volcanic wonders of Reykjanes Peninsula travel back to Reykjavik to relax in the warm geothermal waters of the Sky Lagoon, admire the ocean views from their infinity pool, and experience the included 7-Step Spa Ritual.

Reykjavík: Geldingadalir Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon Visit

7. Reykjavík: Geldingadalir Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon Visit

In the first half of this experience, take guided tour to the volcanic eruption in Reykjanes. With the third eruption in similar locations in three years. Witness the raw lava sprouting through the earth and feel the power of the earth.The hike to the volcano is moderate to difficult and is around 17-20km long. Sturdy shoes, packed lunch and water are required. After a hike around the volcano, 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 active volcano in Reykjanes Peninsula, as well as a visit to one of the most relaxing wonders of the world.

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What people are saying about Geldingadalir Valley

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The guide was great. Unfortunately we had to change the tour because of the weather, but the replacement was really great. I really liked it :)

This was amaziiiiiing! The pilot was great and it felt so safe! If you dont do this, you Will regret it for sure!!

Unique experience, you probably only see something like this once in your life. Just breathtaking!

Our pilot Peter was excellent. Really nice guy and gave us an excellent experience.

What an amazing experience the views of the Volcano were out of this world.