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Geldingadalur Eruption and optional Blue Lagoon private tour

Your once in a lifetime adventure. Join a local guide on a trip to the eruption and relax in the Blue Lagoon afterward

Reykjavík
All Year Around
8 hours
Moderate

Starting at 145.000 ISK

Tour Operator: Holiday Tours

About

Have you ever wondered how it feels to be near a volcano, gazing down on the pouring hot lava? Well, this is your chance!

Iceland's latest attraction made its presence felt even before being visible to curious visitors. In February 2021, the inhabitants of the Reyjanes area, where the volcano is located, experienced more than 40 000 tremors before the actual eruption commenced on the 19th of March in the evening. About eight months have passed since the last eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano. For the first time since September 2021, magma has reached the surface again in Geldingadalir, located about 40 km (25 miles) from Reykjavik. On the 3rd of August 2022, at 13:18 pm, following thousands of local earthquakes, a fissure opened, and lava began flowing again across the valley floor. Thousands of locals and tourists have since made the hike to the site—about a 4 to 5-hour round trip—to witness the new eruption.

If you are adventurous enough, this will be your perfect chance to see an active volcano in its full glory and see the process of something new being born.

Our trained guides will bring you as close as possible to the start of the hiking trail, and you will start your hike to the actual sight. The hike is around 7 km one way, and a moderate to strong fitness level is required as we have to walk up two steep hills before reaching the plateau. Once we get there, we can already spot the volcano in the distance. We will spend some time in the area to take stunning photos and videos.

After our hike back, you have the option to go to the Blue Lagoon. The beneficial powers of geothermal water were first discovered in the early 1980s when residents began to bathe in the serene blue lagoon in the lava field beside the Svartsengi Geothermal Resource Park. Many decades after the first curious souls started venturing into the water, and the Blue Lagoon has blossomed from a humble curiosity into a wellspring of wonder. You can choose between three different packages during the checkout process. Admission to the Blue Lagoon is not included in the price, and the upgrades to the various packages are available at extra cost.

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What's included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavik
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Entrance fee to Blue Lagoon

What do I need to bring?

  • Please wear proper hiking clothes and hiking boots
  • Bring snacks and drinks (for evening trips, bring a flashlight and warm clothing)
  • Don't forget your swimwear if you are interested in visiting the Blue Lagoon (which can also be rented at the Blue Lagoon for an extra fee)

Know before you go

  • To have this trip as safe as possible, your guide will carry a gas meter. If the gas pollution is too high, we must postpone or cancel the hiking part.
  • The hike is around 7 km one way (4-4,5 miles)
  • The hike requires a moderate to a strenuous level of fitness
  • Extra activities are subject to availability

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