The volcano Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula started erupting in March 2021 after being dormant for over six thousand years! It is the first active volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula for 800 years.
The geothermal area of Reykjanes is just a short drive from Reykjavík, it is a vast wilderness, where lava formations remain untouched and there are magical holes with bubbling mud and the superheated water has a rainbow of colours.
Iceland is a volcanic island and experiences 20-30 earthquakes per day and a volcanic eruption on average every 10-15 years. Usually, the eruptions take place in remote places that are difficult to access. The active volcano in Fagradalsfjall is happening in the backyard of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, and is very easy to reach.
This trip takes you on a tour around the Reykjanes Peninsula Geopark where the eruption is taking place. Your expert geologist guide will lead the way and explain all about volcanic activity, why and how this happens in Iceland, they will explain geology, volcanology, geothermal formations, mud pools and steaming hot springs, and you will learn about the geological history of Iceland.
You will visit Kleifarvatn Lake, a lake formed by plate tectonics and the stunning Seltun geothermal area with bubbling mud pools, steaming ground and colourful solfataras. You will see one of the hottest places in Iceland, Gunnuhver where the temperature below the surface is around 300°C! There will be a stop at the Bridge Between Continents, a footbridge over a major fissure, formed by the rifting of the two continental plates from each other. You will pass the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, the oldest one in Iceland, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, against high cliffs and black rock formations.
At the end of this exhilarating day you will enjoy a wonderful relaxing soak in the warm mineral waters of Blue Lagoon before your transfer back to Reykjavík.
The tour will start at 9am from your accommodation and last around 8 hours.