Explore Fagradalsfjall and Meradalir on our Iceland volcano tours

Come with us on the ultimate Icelandic adventure – a volcano hike visiting newest eruption sites.

A wide variety of volcano tours that combine a visit to the eruption sites at Geldingargalur Valley with other must-see attractions

Reykjanes Peninsula is situated in the south-west corner of Iceland and is home to Keflavík international airport, the Blue Lagoon and Iceland’s most recently active volcanoes.

Fagradalsfjall, Meradalir and Litli-Hrutur volcano eruptions captured the world’s attention and became a destination for thousands of travelers during the last three years. And no wonder! Witnessing a live active volcano eruption or seeing newly formed landscapes is a truly profound experience.

On your journey through the Reykjanes Peninsula, you’ll be introduced to the volcanic activity that has occurred since 2021. Your guide will showcase significant spots, possibly including the most recent Sundhnúkur eruption, which commenced on December 18th, 2023, and subsided just three days afterward.

In addition to visiting the eruption sites, you can choose to relax in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or explore the Reykjanes peninsula highlights like Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, The Bridge Between Continents and more!

Awesome tour Gudrun was such an awesome tour guide! She took us to the most recent volcano eruption site and also around to different beautiful sites around Reykjavik. She was so kind and knowledgeable about the history behind the sites. 100% recommend!
By Cydney in August 2023

Join us to explore Iceland’s youngest volcanoes

Hike Geldingadalir valley with us and see the crater of Fagradalsflall volcano and cooled lava rivers from the Meradalir eruption. Take a ride around Reykjanes or soak in the Blue Lagoon after intensive but rewarding hike.

Volcano Eruptions 2021-2023 on Reykjanes Peninsula

Prior to the 2021 eruption, Fagradalsfjall was an inconspicuous mountain ridge, with elevation of less than 400 meters above sea level. It had remained inactive for a 6000 years or more. In contrast, Geldingadalur experienced an eruption around 800 years ago, being the most recent eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It took place between 1210 and 1240 AD, known as the Reykjanes Fires.

Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption 2021

The Fagradalsfjall eruption, which began in March 2021, marked the start of a new era of volcanic activity on Reykjanes peninsula. This eruption showcased Iceland’s breathtaking natural beauty, with rivers of molten lava flowing from the fissure and fiery displays illuminating the night sky. Fagradalsfjall quickly became a popular hiking destination, offering visitors a rare opportunity to witness a volcanic eruption up close.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption lasted for half a year, but the area remained active and continued attracting visitors joining Iceland volcano tours.

Fagradalsfjall Volcano eruption 2021
Fagradalsfjall Volcano eruption 2021.

Meradalir Volcano eruption 2022

Less than a year after that, a new eruption started in Meradalir, an adjacent valley to Fagradalsfjall. After several days of frequent earthquakes, lava flow began on August 3rd 2022. Despite the fissure opening in a more remote location than Fagradalsfjall, around 2,000 people visited the eruption site on the first day!

However, the Meradalir eruption turned out to be considerably shorter than the previous one, ceasing after only 3 weeks.

Meradalir Volcano eruption 2022
Meradalir Volcano eruption 2022.

Litli-Hrútur Volcano eruption 2023

To continue the tradition of Icelandic yearly volcano, another fissure opened near Litli-Hrútur on July 10th, 2023. From the start the eruption looked to be larger than the preceding ones, with a tenfold lava flow compared to Faradalsfjall.

Contrary to the predictions, the flow decreased rapidly within the first days of Litli Hrutur eruption. It continued decreasing until August 5th, when it ceased completely.

A drone shot of hot magma flowing out of a volcanic crater in Reykjanes in 2021
Litli-Hrutur volcano 2023.

Sundhnúkur Volcano Eruption in 2023

In the ever-changing landscape of Iceland, a remarkable new volcanic eruption occurred at Sundhnúkur on December 18th at 22:17. This event marks the largest eruption in recent times on the Reykjanes Peninsula, featuring an impressive 4 km long fissure and an estimated lava flow of 250 cubic meters per second.

Remarkably, this eruption has not impacted air travel and currently poses no threat to overall safety in Iceland. However, for the immediate safety of visitors and locals, the area near the eruption site remains off-limits. Situated close to the town of Grindavik, the geothermal power plant, and the iconic Blue Lagoon, this volcanic activity has garnered significant attention. Specialists have noted that, under the circumstances, the eruption occurred in one of the best possible locations, posing no immediate danger to critical infrastructure. The lava flow would need to persist for an extended period to pose any significant risk.

Volcano december 2023
Sundhnúkur volcano eruption in December, 2023.

As a precaution, the beloved Blue Lagoon has been temporarily closed, and Grindavik has been evacuated. As of the early morning of December 21st, the lava flow at the Sundhnúkur site has ceased, yet the region remains geologically active. There is ongoing potential for the eruption to restart or for a new fissure to emerge nearby. Visitors are advised to stay informed about the latest developments and safety guidelines as they experience the awe-inspiring power of Iceland’s volcanic landscape.

Volcano eruption on Reykjanes
Volcano eruption on Reykjanes peninsula.

Reykjanes Peninsula: A Geothermal Wonderland

Reykjanes is a captivating region renowned for its dramatic landscapes and unique geological features. This remote and rugged area offers visitors an opportunity to explore the powerful forces of nature at work, all while being in close proximity to the capital city of Reykjavik.

Here are some of the remarkable things to see and experience on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

The Blue Lagoon

This world-famous geothermal spa is a must-visit destination. The Blue Lagoon is a surreal oasis of steaming blue waters, surrounded by lava fields. You can soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters, which are known for their healing properties, while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon at sunset.

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area

Krýsuvík is an active geothermal area filled with hot springs, fumaroles, and colorful mineral deposits. Hiking trails meander through the bubbling and hissing landscapes, providing a surreal and captivating experience.

Seltún Geothermal Area in summer
Krýsuvík Seltún Geothermal Area

Reykjanesviti Lighthouse

Iceland’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti, offers stunning panoramic views of the rugged coastline and North Atlantic Ocean. It’s a great place for a leisurely stroll and to admire the coastal beauty.

Reykjanesviti lighthouse on a snowy hill
Reykjanesviti lighthouse.

Gunnuhver Hot Springs

Gunnuhver is a geothermal area on the peninsula with an otherworldly appearance. You can observe bubbling mud pots and steaming hot springs that showcase the Earth’s geothermal energy in its raw form.

Aerial view on Gunnuhver hot spring
Gunnuhver Hot Springs

Kleifarvatn Lake

This serene, volcanic lake is surrounded by dramatic scenery and is one of the largest on the peninsula. The area is perfect for hiking and birdwatching, with a trail that leads to the fascinating hot springs at Seltún.

Kleifarvatn lake aerial
Kleifarvatn Lake

The Bridge Between Continents

The peninsula is situated along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which divides the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. At the Bridge Between Continents, you can walk across a footbridge symbolizing the connection between these two massive tectonic plates. It’s a fascinating geological experience and a great photo opportunity.

Bridge between continents on Reykjanes Peninsula
The Bridge Between Continents

The Reykjanes Peninsula is a land of stark beauty, where the earth’s geothermal energy is on full display. Whether you’re interested in geology, relaxation, or simply taking in the breathtaking landscapes, this region offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers exploring Iceland.

Why Choose BusTravel Iceland

BusTravel Iceland has over 60 years of experience running guided tours and over 32 thousand 5-star reviews. We have been hiking to eruption sites on Reykjanes from the start of Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption in 2021. Our guests were the first ones to see Meradalir eruption in 2022, on the day it started to erupt.

During ongoing eruptions we will get you to the closest and best possible viewing spot, taking all safety precautions. When there is no lava flow, the area remains active and fascinating. Then we hike along cooled steaming lava rivers and sleeping volcano craters.



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Reviews from our Volcano tours
by Mike
August 8, 2023
Absolutely loved this tour of the volcano sites and blue lagoon, tour guide was ace kept us well informed and a very funny guy. Best tour of our Icelandic holiday Read more
by Ann
January 4, 2023
First time trekking a volcano, great tour guide, and really fortunate to have a photographer, Danni, along for the trip. She assisted us in taking many lovely shots, and her creations are quite master… Read more
by A Hornby
November 23, 2021
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 HB… Read more
by Daria H
October 8, 2021
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 … Read more
by Violet Frolov
September 22, 2021
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 t… Read more
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