Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark

Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark
Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark
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1735
  • Duration8 hours
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationBSÍ Bus Terminal (or chosen pick up location)

Tour description

Newly formed lava in Geldingadalur by Fagradalsfjall

Join us for a Volcanic Wonders of Reykjanes Geopark tour

This first eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula in about 800 years provides a unique opportunity to study the geologic mysteries of the region. After being shaken by months of increasingly disruptive earthquakes, Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula finally experienced the volcanic eruption that many geologists suspected was on its way for months prior. 

Reykjanes Geopark is located on a peninsula divided between two continents. This unique place is on the drift zone between the North American and the Eurasian continental plates making it a true Volcanic Wonder.
We start the day by exploring one of the most iconic features of the Icelandic volcanic landscape, the boiling mud pools of Seltún, and the steaming and colourful surrounding landscape.
As we drive along the Reykjanes peninsula, you are constantly in the presence of the roaring Atlantic Ocean, endless lava fields, and volcanic craters. It surely is an alien landscape, decorated by windblown palagonite and petrified troll formations.
Next up on our adventure is the youngest volcano in Iceland, Fagradalsfjall Volcano, and its surrounding lava fields. We hike up to the craters where you will be able to explore the devastating yet beautiful aftermath of this recent volcanic eruption.
After the volcano hike, we stop by the bridge between continents, where you can walk between the continental plates that divide the peninsula. This stop underlines this unique placement directly on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
On our way back to Reykjavík, we stop by the largest mud pool in Iceland, Gunnuhver where you can feel the ground shake from the enormous power released from the boiling water and steam released.

Please wear hiking shoes and bring crampons as conditions can be slippery during winter.

Our partners at Iceland Camping Equipment can provide you with the perfect gear for a small fee, please rent your gear at least 24 hours prior to departure. 

 

Tour Highlights

  • The newly formed crater in Fagradalsfjall
  • Boiling Mud Pools in Seltún
  • Steaming activity and new areas of hot ground
  • Gunnuhver
  • Bridge Between Continents
  • Brimketill

What's Included

  • Bus fare
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tour and hike

Good to Know

  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Elevation: 300m
  • Hikers will have approximately 2 hours to view the volcanic eruption

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

Reykjanes Peninsula is great for those interested in geology – and everyone else! Hot springs, newly formed lava fields, old lava fields, geothermal activity, mud pools, and the bridge between continents! It’s just a fascinating area to visit!

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