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Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site Hike and Geothermal Tour

1. 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

2. 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.

Reykjavik: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon

3. 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 Reykjavik: Reykjanes Volcanic Hike & Blue Lagoon Option

4. 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.

From Reykjavik: Small-Group Reykjanes Geopark Tour

5. From Reykjavik: Small-Group Reykjanes Geopark Tour

Discover Iceland's "melting pot" where geothermal energy, seismic activity, and tectonic movements can all be found on this small-group half-day tour. After being picked up in downtown Reykjavík, travel by minibus to the peninsula. Before long, the beautiful Kleifarvatn and Graenavatn lakes will appear in front of you. Have your cameras ready to frame the unique beauty of these Icelandic scenes, both here and when you arrive at the Krysuvik geothermal area. Visit Reykjanesviti lighthouse where you can spot various bird species or simply enjoy the Atlantic ocean.  The tour is perfect if you want to experience the rugged beauty of Iceland before boarding your flight. The bus will be make an optional drop-off at Keflavik International Airport as well as the Blue Lagoon. Expect to return to Reykjavik by around 3:30 PM.

Reykjavík: Volcano Lava Fields, Hot Springs and Sky Lagoon

6. Reykjavík: Volcano Lava Fields, Hot Springs and Sky Lagoon

Experience all the action at the crater of the volcano without a steep hike in this group tour from Reykjavík, and learn more about the volcano from your experienced guide. Journey to the Reykjanes peninsula to see this extraordinary area with lots of activity on the ground. View the steamy hot springs, geothermal energy, lighthouses, ancient lava, and fresh lava from the eruption at Fagradalsfjall. Finish off the volcano tour with the option of having some relaxation time in the newest spa in Iceland, The Sky Lagoon.

From Reykjavik: 5-Day Golden Circle & More Camping Adventure

7. From Reykjavik: 5-Day Golden Circle & More Camping Adventure

Our 5-day / 4-night camping tour takes you to our most beloved sights or as we like to call them „náttúruperlur / natural pearls“. With an experienced guide by your side, you‘ll get to learn and experience so much more as you visit the Reykjanes peninsula, Snæfellsnes, Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Skaftafell, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon just to name a few. Day 1 Seltún First up is Seltún, a geothermal area. Lava field A volcano close by erupted forming a lava field. Gunnuhver It’s the largest mud pool in Iceland. Krýsuvíkurberg Cliff With a fantastic view over the Atlantic and Valahnúkur mountain breaking down into the ocean. The bridge between the continents The bridge connects the European and North American tectonic plates. Day 2 Berserkjahraun We are not going to spoil the origin of the name of this area yet, listen to our guide once you arrive. Kirkjufell The most photographed mountain in the country. Saxhóll A dormant volcanic crater. Djúpalónssandur Long ago there was a busy fishing village in this area. Arnarstapi A beautiful and charming fishing village. Búðakirkja A historic church located on the peninsula. Ytri-Tunga Unlike most of the beaches in Iceland, Ytri-Tunga has golden sand, rather than black. Day 3 Þórufoss Our first stop of the day takes us to Þórufoss waterfall. Þingvellir The first Icelandic parliament was founded here in 930 AD. Laugarvatn Let‘s learn about Iceland‘s renewable energy. Geysir The most famous geyser in the world and the originator of the word itself. Gullfoss Our next stop is Gullfoss „The Golden Waterfall“. Urriðafoss This waterfall makes up part of the longest river in Iceland. Day 4 Eldhraun A vast lava field. Fjaðrárgljúfur A beautiful and dramatic canyon. Skaftafell An oasis of diverse landscapes and features. Hofskirkja One of the only six turf churches remaining in Iceland. Jökulsárlón It is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. Diamond Beach Named after the clear ice that gathers on the black sand beach. Day 5 – The South Coast Skógafoss The surrounding land is very flat so you can walk right up to the wall of water. Reynisfjara This beach was rated in the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Vík Church Offers a great view of the coastline. Seljalandsfoss Your guide will bring you behind the waterfall‘s curtain for an amazing experience.

From Reykjavik: 1-Hour ATV Ride & Blue Lagoon Day Trip

8. From Reykjavik: 1-Hour ATV Ride & Blue Lagoon Day Trip

Part #1 - 1hr Reykjavik Peak ATV adventure Start your day with getting picked up by our team and head toward Safari Quads Basecamp, where we will get you suited up for our popular Reykjavik Peak 1hr ATV Adventure. When you are ready for the ride, will our professionally trained guides teach you, how to operate the ATVs and make sure you are comfortable before you head out on the tracks. We start with a stunning drive by Hafrawater lake, next up is Reykjavik Peak Mountain - a truly thrilling drive up the mountain where you will see stunning sights over Reykjavik, Faxaflói bay & Reykjavik Peninsula. after the ATV adventure will our guide drop you off at BSI Bus terminal where you will step up on a coach bus with Reykjavik Excursions that will transfer you to the Blue lagoon. ATV Pick up is at 09:00 from your hotel or meeting point (Bus Stop) *see more info on the bottom. Part #2 - Blue Lagoon The Blue Lagoon is truly one of the most stunning places to visit while you are in Iceland. it is one of the wonders of the world and is just about a 30-40 min drive from Reykjavik -The Blue lagoon is built in the Lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula and is the perfect place to relax after the ATV adventure. departure from BSI Bus terminal is at 12:30 and you can decide on how long you want to stay in the Lagoon but you must keep in mind that you need to check on the bus schedule back to Reykjavik. Departures from Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik: 16:15, 18:15 & 20:15 Important information: This is a combination activity operated by 2 partners Transfer is included min age is 6 years as a passenger All drivers that operate the ATVs must be 17 years of age & with a full valid driver license check on departures from Blue Lagoon (see above) for the transfer back to Reykjavik if you are an odd number of travelers (1,3,5 etc) then you must select the single rider option for the odd number there is a 6000 ISK difference in price. ** PICKUP INFORMATION**: if you are staying in central downtown you will need to walk to the nearest Bus Stop. *All hotels in the central downtown area are at a no pick-up zone. Therefore you will need to walk to the nearest bus stop. If your booking has not selected which bus stop. Please check www.busstop.is and select the nearest bus stop to your hotel and send us your selected bus stop.

From Reykjavik: UNESCO Reykjanes Geopark Private Tour

9. From Reykjavik: UNESCO Reykjanes Geopark Private Tour

The Reykjanes peninsula is a 2,000 km² (772 mi²) area characterized by various formations of palagonite tuff, pillow lava, and basaltic lava flows shaped by volcanic activity during interglacial periods, mostly in the last 11,500 years. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level on this peninsula and it is lined with four volcanic systems from SW to NE, containing craters, faults, open volcanic fissures, large and small lava shields, and high-temperature geothermal fields. Fisheries have long been a lifeline of the locals, with fishing towns and villages along the black sanded coastline, some even dating back centuries. In 2015, Reykjanes was recognized as a Global Geopark by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) for its geological heritage in connection with the area's natural and cultural heritage. UNESCO Global Geoparks have sites and landscapes of international geological significance, managed with a holistic concept of education, protection, and sustainability. The Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark has 55 geosites and we will start on the outermost point of the peninsula at Garðskagi. Two lighthouses stand there bearing the same name Garðskagaviti. The older one dating back to 1897 is the second oldest lighthouse in Iceland while the newer one dating back to 1944 is the tallest lighthouse in our country. Both lighthouses offer a unique 360° view over the Atlantic Ocean and inland, and by the coast are varied species of sea birds, seals, and whales. Heading south from Garðskagi by the coastline, we next stop at the unique black church Hvalsneskirkja. This is among our favorite Icelandic churches, built with basalt lava rocks and crafted inside with driftwood, both collected within the region by locals. Its colorful tower makes for a great contrast against the basalt exterior and the surrounding mossy lava field. Closeby is another lighthouse, the picturesque yellow-colored Stafnesviti, overlooking the rocky coast of Básendar which used to be the largest fishing and trading post in the area before a flood caused by a terrible storm destroyed the whole town in 1799, changing the shoreline forever. We then head further south through the lava field with the rocky coastline to our right, to the wooden black church Kirkjuvogskirkja in the fishing village Hafnir. This is the oldest church on the Reykjanes peninsula, dating back to 1860. Standing close to shore, an anchor from the sailing ship Jamestown is kept to commemorate when the residents woke up one morning finding that ship had run aground after drifting abandoned and filled with valuable timber over the Atlantic Ocean. Most of that timber was then used for building houses and bridges all over Iceland. We continue our way to the Bridge Between Continents, a symbolic bridge over a fissure between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. With the Mid-Atlantic Ridge lying through and these plates constantly rafting, this is among the few places on Earth where they can be seen above ground. Next up is the colorful and active geothermal area Gunnuhver, with mud pools, hot springs, and steam vents surrounded by lava fields and a sulphuric landscape. Walking trails run throughout the area between observation decks, overlooking this spectacular everchanging area. A short drive from there takes you to Reykjanesviti, the oldest lighthouse in Iceland on top of a hill dating back to 1907. A walking path leads to the peak of Valahnúkur, where the first-ever lighthouse built in Iceland stood, before being damaged by earthquakes and powerful waves on this most south-western point of the peninsula. Valahnúkur is an eroded sea cliff that formed in an eruption over 10,000 years ago and is now a popular nesting site for seabirds. The music video Volcano Man starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams was mainly shot here. Valahnúkamöl is a beach filled with large boulders created by powerful storms and waves, and looking out into the Atlantic Ocen is Eldey, a high stack of islands with the largest gannet colony in the world. The last mating pair of Great Auks were killed there in 1844, and by Valahnúkur is a statue of a Great Auk in memory of this extinct species. Heading east we stop by the small coastal rock pool Brimketill which rests by the coastline. Pounding waves have carved the cliffs throughout the years and formed this pool, which looks tempting to take a dip in when the weather is calm, but it is highly advised against due to sudden waves sneaking up on you and sucking you out to sea. Instead, there's an observation platform overlooking this spectacular formation. We head to the last stop of the day, the geothermal field Svartsengi. It is one of the five major geothermal areas on the peninsula which last erupted over 800 years ago, producing the surrounding lava fields and forming a long row of scoria and spatter cones called Eldvörp. The Svartsengi Power Plant sits in the middle of the field, producing electricity and energy for the local district. Run-off water fills the Blue Lagoon with geothermal water rich in minerals with healing abilities, making it the most popular bathing resort in Iceland. A drive through this area gives you great sights of this active geothermal area in-between the rocky mossy lava.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 36 reviews

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.

We were very lucky to have great weather, the views and experience were amazing. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend. Very professional trip from pick up to drop off, was contacted direct to determine where to be picked up and asked again at the end.

The hiking on volcanoes was phenomenal, we stopped also another 3 fantastic places before heading to the Blue Lagoon and spent 3 hours there. Definitely recommended!

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