Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark
This second eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula in about 800 years provides a unique opportunity to study the geologic mysteries of the region.
The Reykjanes Geopark lies on a peninsula straddling two continents, creating a volcanic wonder in the drift zone between the North American and Eurasian plates. On this drive, you'll be surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, lava fields, and volcanic craters, with an otherworldly landscape of wind-blown palagonite and petrified troll formations.
Our tour begins at the youngest volcano in Iceland, Fagradalsfjall, where a 40-minute hike brings you to a viewpoint of the devastating yet beautiful aftermath of the recent volcanic eruption. We will then visit the bridge between continents, highlighting the peninsula's unique position on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
On the return to Reykjavik, we'll stop at Gunnuhver, Iceland's largest mud pool, and feel the ground shake from its boiling water and steam. If the road to Seltún is open, we'll also visit the boiling mud pools and steaming, colorful landscape.
The volcanic landscape can be uneven and challenging. Therefore, good hiking shoes and warm clothing is mandatory. There is no running water on the way to fill a water bottle, so bring plenty of water and a hearty lunch.
Please wear hiking shoes and bring crampons as conditions can be slippery during winter.
Note: The Volcano is not currently active but the hike and eruption site is still available for visits and exploration during this tour.
• Visit to the new eruption site
• Gunnuhver geothermal field of various mud pools
• Brimketill natural pool carved out of an eroded lava shoreline
• Bridge between two continents
• Seltún geothermal area (closed during winter)
- Pick-up in Reykjavik.
- Bus fare (Free Wi-Fi).
- This is a guided tour & hike.
- No meals included, bring your own food & drink.
- Period : Daily, all year.
- Departure : 09:30
- Length : 8 hours.
- Difficulty : Moderate.
- Product code : A16.
- Other : The hike is about 4-5 km (2,5-3 miles) out-and-back, with an elevation of 300m. Equipment is available to rent on location as our partners at Iceland Camping Equipment can provide you with the perfect gear for a small fee.
- Hiking boots and warm clothing. Gloves and a hat are highly recommended. Hiking crampons are recommended during winter. Bring water, lunch and snacks.