Fascinating hike to the new eruption site at Meradalir followed by the Blue Lagoon
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Update 24/8 - The flow of new lava at Meradalir has ceased for the time being.
A new fissure opened at Meradalir on August 3rd, 2022. Use this once in a lifetime opportunity and see erupting lava!
Hike with one of our expert guides to the vast lava fields formed during the eruption of Fagradalsfjall Volcano where new lava flows into old and geothermal activity runs the scene! This is the site of the most recently erupted active volcano in Iceland. Activity had diminished in late 2021 but after a recent swarm of earthquakes, the eruption began anew in Meradalir Valley on August 3rd 2022.
After we tour the volcano and newly-formed mountains in Geldingadalir valley we close the day with a relaxing swim in the warm healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Accessible eruption sites are rare in Iceland making this combo tour a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We start with our fast and efficient pick-up routine. Our driver-guide will come to collect you at either one of the designated stops in central Reykjavik or one of the pick-up stops scattered throughout the city. Once everyone is accounted for, we will hit the road to visit our first point of interest of the day.
(This stop is not currently guaranteed on each tour. If the volcano hike takes longer than expected, we may skip this stop)
Kleifarvatn is the biggest lake in the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula surrounded by mountains that once were formed in eruptions under the ice. Decorated with black basalt beaches and alien rock formations sculpted by the weather elements throughout the centuries. Kleifarvatn is affected by earthquakes and shifting plates that have formed underwater hot springs with bubbling warm water which is an amazing spectacle to see with your own eyes.
The recent eruption at Meradalir has catured the imagination of the nation. Our expert guides will take you along the winding path around the 2021 Fagradalsfjall eruption site. A little further a large crater has formed at Merdalir eruption site, where an estimated 20-50 cubic meters of magma was released per second at the volcanoes height. This eruption was estimated to be 5-10 times larger than the 2021 eruption.
This area is captivating and the surrounding hills provide a natural amphitheatre from which to view this phenomenom.
Reaching the volcano involves a 1.5-2 hike each way. Work is ongoing to improve the trail but currently perhaps 40% of the trail is over rocky terrain.
The drive through the southern part of the peninsula is beautiful. Thick lava fields meet the Atlantic Ocean creating dramatic scenery all the way to Grindavík fishing village. Grindavík is one of Iceland’s main fishing harbors where everything turns around fishing. It’s the ultimate place to get into the Icelandic fishing culture.
Grindavík is a beautiful Icelandic fishing town with one of the most active harbors in the country. The town’s population, 3300 people, bases its livelihood on fishing or fish-related industry. Grindavík provides about half of Iceland’s salt fish production.
All the remarkable sites on the Reykjanes peninsula help you understand the powerful nature of Iceland and the creational beauty of the Blue Lagoon. If you have chosen to end the day in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon you are in for a treat. Only half an hour drive from the continental bridge is the unique blue lagoon hidden in an impressive black lava field.
The Blue Lagoon, known in Icelandic as Bláa Lónið, is a geothermal spa/resort located on the Reykjanes peninsula. The lagoon itself has been hailed as being one of the modern wonders of the world, growing massively in popularity since it started being used in 1976. The lagoon is manmade with the water being fed in through a local Geothermal water plant that supplied hot water to the nearby towns. In 1971 workers at the plant created the initial pool as a bathing and relaxation site. By 1981 locals were joining them leading to the eventual formation of the Blue Lagoon company in 1992 and the construction of the facilities that service the lagoons guests today.
Heading back to Reykjavík at the end of the day we drive through the charming fishing town Hafnarfjörður, known for silly jokes, Vikings and Elves.
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We got HBO again I think he thought we were stalking him, Really enjoyed the hike even though we didn’t realise that was what we booked but as walking poles were provided we managed it and as usual HBO was really helpful and informative. As we were the oldest by far on the hike I thought the way HBO kept an eye on us while still being up front with the rest of the group was excellent. Of course relaxing at the blue lagoon after a wonderful week was a perfect finish.
Magic and Matt were amazing! So informative about the area and what we were doing, and very good at driving and making sure we made the most of our time! Matt was super accommodating and was willing to help people on the hike, and he had so many good jokes and fun facts about the area. I would recommend everyone travel with BusTravel Iceland, and if you get Matt and Magic you know you would have the best trip possible!
Great tour, with an amazing local guide. Howser was energetic, funny, and very informative - it was great to get the native Icelandic perspective. The volcano hike is dependent on the weather, but we were able to explore the lava pools and then hike when the weather cleared. Howser did a good job being flexible, managing time despite the weather, and providing clear explanations of interesting things on the way. It was also great to relax at the Blue Lagoon after the hike. Highly recommend this tour, especially if you get it with Howser! - from TripAdvisor
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