Join one of our knowledgeable guides on a hiking adventure to the vast lava fields created during the Fagradalsfjall Volcano eruption, where geothermal activity and the merging of new and old lava dominate the landscape! This is the location of Iceland’s most recent active volcano eruption. While activity had decreased by late 2021, a recent swarm of earthquakes reignited the eruption in the Meradalir Valley on August 3rd, 2022.
After exploring the volcano and newly-formed mountains in the Geldingadalir valley, we’ll wrap up the day with a refreshing dip in the warm and therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon. Opportunities to visit accessible eruption sites in Iceland are few and far between, making this combination tour a unique and unforgettable experience.
- Experienced guide for the tour and hike.
- Hike to Meradalir Volcano
- Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission
- Silica mud mask
- Use of a towel
- Drink of your choice at the Blue Lagoon
- Pick up and drop off from Reykjavík
- Wi-fi on board
- Parking and admission fees
What to bring
- Warm clothes
- Waterproof outdoor clothing
- Hiking boots
- Water & snacks for the hike
- Hat & gloves
Good to know
- The duration of the tour is approx.11 hours.
- There is no food included on this tour.
- This tour involves hiking to and back from Meradalir. The hike takes around 1.5-2 hours each way, over sometimes difficult terrain and is of moderate difficulty for a person of reasonable fitness
- Volcanoes are a natural phenomenon and the level of volcanic activity at the site varies from day to day. Even if the volcano is not erupting during your visit, visiting the area is still fascinating.
Our efficient pick-up procedure begins with our driver-guide collecting you from either one of the designated stops in central Reykjavik or one of the scattered pick-up stops throughout the city. After ensuring that everyone is present, we will embark on our journey to the first destination of the day.
Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, is encircled by mountains created from eruptions under ice. The lake is adorned with black basalt beaches and otherworldly rock formations molded by natural elements over centuries. Kleifarvatn is subject to seismic activity and shifting tectonic plates, resulting in underwater hot springs with bubbling warm water, a truly remarkable sight to behold in person.
The nation has been captivated by the recent eruption at Meradalir, and our expert guides are here to take you on a journey. You will be led along the winding path that surrounds the 2021 Fagradalsfjall eruption site, where you can witness the wonder of a large crater that has formed at Merdalir eruption site. During its peak, this volcano released an estimated 20-50 cubic meters of magma per second, making it 5-10 times larger than the 2021 eruption.
The surrounding hills offer a natural amphitheater that provides a captivating view of this phenomenon. However, reaching the volcano requires a 1.5-2 hour hike each way.
Grindavík Fishing Village
The scenic drive along the southern part of the peninsula is truly breathtaking. Thick lava fields contrast beautifully with the Atlantic Ocean, creating a dramatic landscape all the way to the charming fishing village of Grindavík. As one of Iceland’s primary fishing harbors, fishing is at the heart of this town’s culture and economy, making it the perfect place to immerse yourself in Icelandic fishing traditions.
With an active harbor, Grindavík is a picturesque Icelandic fishing village that is home to around 3,300 people. The town’s economy is centered around fishing and fish-related industries, and it’s responsible for producing about half of Iceland’s salt fish.
The incredible natural wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula showcase Iceland’s raw power and breathtaking beauty, and the grand finale of the day is a visit to the legendary Blue Lagoon. Located in a striking black lava field just a 30-minute drive from the continental bridge, the Blue Lagoon is a world-renowned geothermal spa and resort. The lagoon was originally created in 1976 as a bathing and relaxation site using water from a local geothermal plant, and has since become a must-see attraction. The man-made lagoon is fed by water from the plant, and the Blue Lagoon company was formed in 1992 to construct the facilities that service guests today.
After a rejuvenating soak in the lagoon, we head back to Reykjavík, passing through the charming fishing town of Hafnarfjörður, famous for its Viking and Elf legends and playful humor.