Fascinating 4-Hour Lava Tour to Fagradalsfjall Volcano with Round-Trip Transport

Lava from the volcanic eruption that started in the Geldingadalir valley at the Fagradalsfjall mountain.
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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
4 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
Mar. - Aug.
Minimum age
None

Description

Get an incredibly up-close look at the lava that flowed from the recent volcanic eruption at Mount Fagradalsfjall on this four-hour tour. The stunning crater and lava formations in Geldingadalur valley are mesmerizing, and this trip offers a unique opportunity to see fresh lava and newly formed landscapes.

You'll start this tour in Reykjavik, where a friendly guide will pick you up and take you along the dramatic, barren Reykjanes Peninsula to your destination. As you drive, your guide will tell you about the volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall, which started on March 19, 2021.

Though no one was hurt during the eruption, the area experienced more than 50,000 earthquakes in the four weeks leading up to it. The eruption was also quite powerful, with its jets of fire visible from Reykjavik at the height of its activity.

The Reykjanes Peninsula, where Mount Fagradalsfjall is located, is a particularly geologically active part of Iceland. Here, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge lies, and two tectonic plates move away from each other.

With that said, this is the first eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the last 800 years. 

On this tour, you will be able to safely see the fresh lava, some of which may still glow red. Other parts have already turned into black rock. You'll also feel the heat coming off it and smell the burning moss underneath it, making it a true adventure.

Here lies some of the youngest rock you will ever be able to see as it has just emerged from the Earth's mantle. Although the eruption ended in December 2021, scientists cannot say whether or not it's truly over. Seismic activity later resumed under the surface, so only time will tell.

During the volcanic eruption, the lava slowly spread across hills and valleys and eventually wholly transformed the land around it. As much of the lava is still settling, this tour provides you with front-row tickets to a part of this piece of Earth's history.

Fagradalsfjall volcano, the youngest on the island, is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Reykjavik. In total, there are around 130 volcanoes in Iceland.

This fascinating tour includes a 15-minute hike to and from the volcano on uneven terrain, so bring hiking shoes. It is also recommended to bring windproof and water-repellent clothing, even if the weather seems pleasant. 

Don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see fresh lava from a recent volcanic eruption on this exciting four-hour tour to Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Roundtrip transportation from Reykjavik
Professional tour guide
Free WiFi on the bus
Comfortable coaches

Activities

Sightseeing

What to bring

Hiking shoes and windproof and water-repellant clothing
A camera

Good to know

The hike to the lava is about 15 minutes each way over uneven terrain.

Hiking shoes and bringing windproof/water repellent clothing are a necessity.

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