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Inside the Thrihnukagigur Volcano: Day Trip from Reykjavik

1. Inside the Thrihnukagigur Volcano: Day Trip from Reykjavik

Enjoy a hiking tour towards the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano. After your transfer and drop-off at the Bláfjöll mountain cabin, walk to Thrihnukagigur Volcano, a moderate hike of approximately 45-50 minutes, enjoying the breathtaking lava scenery en route. The hike is classified as moderately difficulty, with straight walks and limited elevations. But the surface is hilly and uneven. Upon arrival at the crater, descend 400 feet (120 meters) inside the volcano, and experience an extraordinary natural phenomenon. You will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave inside the volcano, wearing a helmet and harness at all times. Each group is split into a smaller party of 4-5 people for safety and intimacy. After a slow 10-minute descent, to ensure the safety of passengers and provide ample opportunities to experience the amazing views, spend up to an hour inside the volcano (or less if you prefer). Expert guides will be with you at all times. End with a feast of traditional Icelandic meat soup or a vegetarian soup along with hot coffee, hot chocolate, tea or water.

Reykjavík: Half-Day Guided Hike of Fagradalsfjall Volcano

2. Reykjavík: Half-Day Guided Hike of Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Enjoy an afternoon or evening hike in Geldingadalur Valley, where lava flows from erupting volcanoes, to witness the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Learn the history of the volcanoes of the area from your expert guide. Get picked up in Reykjavík and set out on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views towards the Fagradalsfjall Volcano and Geldingadallur Valley. Once at the valley, put on your hiking gear and head towards the volcano to hopefully see some live lava flowing. Bring snacks along with you and enjoy them while you watch the spectacular natural show. 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.

Reykjavik: Guided Volcano Hike in Reykjanes Peninsula

3. Reykjavik: Guided Volcano Hike in Reykjanes Peninsula

Embark on a guided tour to the newly formed lava field from the volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur. Enjoy the opportunity to witness rare geological activity. Meet in central Reykjavik and travel south to the Reykjanes Peninsula. This unique place is on the drift zone between the North American and the Eurasian continental plates making it a true volcanic wonder. The landscape is different from anything in Iceland and offers many places with geothermal heat and colorful surroundings. The highlight of the tour is when we hike up to the viewing point of the newly formed lava field at Fagradalsfjall Volcano, a truly unique site.

Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site Hike and Geothermal Tour

4. Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site Hike and Geothermal Tour

Discover the beauty of volcanic landscapes in the Geldingadalur Valley on this day trip from Reykjavík. Travel by bus to Fagradalsfjall Volcano and go for a guided hike to see flowing lava. Capture photos at locations like Lake Kleifarvatn, Valhnúkamöl Boulder Ridge, and the 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. Put on your high-quality hiking gear and set off towards Geldingadalur Valley to see live volcanic activity coming from the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Sit down to a delectable packed lunch on the hike where you can eat while gazing out over the lava flowing from the volcano. Drive by the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcanos have shaped the area which is covered by soft green lava moss. Continue to the Gunnuhver Hot Springs to breath in steam from the boiling waters. Make your way to the the oldest lighthouse in Iceland at 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.

Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon

5. Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon

Enjoy the mountain views at Lake Kleifarvatn and hike to the 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 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 black basalt beach of Lake Kleifarvatn. Hike to the erupting Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Geldingadalur valley. Witness newly formed green lava flowing 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.

From Reykjavik: 4-Hour Lava Field Tour

6. From Reykjavik: 4-Hour Lava Field Tour

See freshly formed black lava formations up close on a 4-hour tour to Fagradalsfjall Volcano, which erupted in 2021. Walk in the geologically active region and marvel at the remnants of the first eruption of the peninsula of Reykjanes for 800 years. Admire the recent lava flow, which has reached lower ground after slowly spreading across hills and valleys, making it easily accessible by foot. You will likely be able to see the fresh lava, which is still warm in places even though it has solidified. Take a moment to marvel at the youngest rock formations you'll ever see, as it's just emerged from the Earth's mantle.

Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon

7. Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon

Discover the exhilaration of looking for red-hot lava flows 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 volcanic eruption site at the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the first volcanic activity in the area after about 800 years recently happened. See how the lava slowly comes up to the surface from a close distance. Your 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, 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. Head to the bridge between continents and to the geothermal area of Gunnuhver, where you will see boiling hot springs. Before the end of your trip, choose to visit the Blue Lagoon to dip your body into its salty waters (costs not included).

From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

8. 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.

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.

Geldingadalir Volcano Hike & Blue Lagoon Comfort Ticket

10. Geldingadalir Volcano Hike & Blue Lagoon Comfort Ticket

In the first half of this experience, we will take you on a 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. Your driver and guide will take you to the start of the hiking route to the volcano in Geldingadalir, where your group will hike towards the lava flow and the volcano. The hike takes approximately 1.5 hours each way, depending on the conditions - the sites around the volcano often change due to the freely flowing lava. After an exciting 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 raw power of lava pouring out of the surface of the earth, as well as a visit to one of the most relaxing wonders of the world.

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What people are saying about Reykjanes Peninsula

This was the best trip we took by far! The volcano hike is not for the faint of heart, but I managed it despite never hiking before. (I’m in my early twenties though). Really enjoyed the sites and we even got see a few extra things with our guide. Going to the blue lagoon after was super fun, and saved us a ton of money. You get both excursions with this package, whereas the blue lagoon alone would cost more. You only get two hours at the lagoon, but I felt that was a good amount time. Highly recommend!

Very nice hike. We didn't got to the Caldera cause the other travellers were not into walking that much (also the volcano was not active) but the guide took us to see some other interesting stuff so it was nice. Also the Guide was amazing, she even gave us some chocolate on the trip and was cheerful and high energy. Very recommended.

I was so excited to actually be able to walk on lava that was only a year old and still venting hot steam from cracks in the lava. What a thrill

Flott tur med veldig kunnskapsrik guide, som med engasjert fortalde om dei naturfenomen vi fekk sjå. Oppholdet i blue lagoon far fantastisk.

Een interessante tour over het schiereiland, waarbij de tijd voor de wandeling richting de krater enigzins beperkt was