Departure from Reykjavík
Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes GeoparkTour ID: SRE98
CategoryHiking, Volcano Tours
- Visit to an eruption site
- Gunnuhver geothermal field of various mud pools
- Brimketill natural pool carved out of an eroded lava shoreline
- Bridge between two continents
- Seltún geothermal area (closed during winter)
My husband won't stop talking about this excursion or showing people the photos and videos he took - which is not at all like him! He would agree with everything Ninny Ebaum has just written - it was cloudy and hail fell at the top of the fairly arduous climb so you do need warm, waterproof clothes and good boots. Going back down was more difficult because of the scree and angle of the slope but this was a once in a lifetime experience that he, our son and his wife will never forget. I was glad to stay behind with our granddaughter who was below the age limit of 9 years! They would have liked more time to enjoy the experience which was over too soon.
We took the guided volcano hike. The bus picked us up on time, and our guide, Raven, gave us information as we drove to the trail head. The information provided by Reykjavik Excursions on the hike were right on! It was the degree of difficulty they said (moderate), took the amount of time to climb, both up and down (1 1/2 hours each way), the equipment they recommended was correct. If it had rained, we were prepared- luckily it did not. And we had the perfect amount of time to observe the volcano. Raven did the hike with our group. Even with different speeds, she kept in contact, and was so knowledgeable and helpful, and interesting!! She was great and added to an awesome experience!
The highlight of my holiday! I was feeling nervous about this hike as I wasn't sure what to expect but there were people of varying abilities doing the hike and everyone looked out for one another. The tour guide was very informative and made sure that everyone got up and down the volcano ok. The path was full of snow but we were advised on the best places to walk. Even though the volcano finished erupting last year, you could still feel the heat from the lava and see the gases as the lava takes months, even years to fully solidify underneath. Be prepared for all weather's as it was lovely at the bottom of the volcano and snowing when we got up there. Book this trip if you love hiking, it isn't for the faint hearted but worth doing if you can. Also, I felt like I could go at my own pace which was what I was nervous about
Not only do you walk up the volcano but you get to see other geothermal relates places after your walk. Well worth the money!
Reykjavik Excursions will follow the recommendations of the Civil protection service and cancel the tour if circumstances at the eruption site are unsafe.
Please be aware of the public guidance for hikers visiting the site. For more information visit the Safe Travel website.
- Be aware that the weather can change quickly.
- Wear hiking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing.
- Assume that the journey may take longer than planned.
- Bring a packed lunch and water to drink.
- Keep an eye on your travel companions. Fatigue and hypothermia come quickly.
- Stick to hills and ridges. Avoid valleys and dells in the landscape.
- There is a risk of rock fall. Beware of steep slopes
- The telephone connection in the area is bad and it can therefore be difficult to call for help if needed.
- Eruption sites can change, and new eruption cracks may open on short notice.
- Gas pollution is strongest close to the area and can lurk in valleys and dells where it is particularly dangerous.
- Gas pollution can change on short notice if the eruption suddenly increases, and it is dangerous to be near the eruption sites without measuring instruments
- Reykjavik Excursions reserve the right to alter the itinerary depending on conditions around the volcano.
- The Volcano tour will be back in Reykjavik around 18:00.