Explore bubbling mud pools and freshly formed lava fields on this guided hike around Reykjanes Geopark.
The Reykjanes Geopark is located on a peninsula divided between two continents. This unique placement of the Reykjanes Peninsula on the drift zone between the North American and the Eurasian continental plates makes it a true volcanic wonder.
As we drive along the Reykjanes peninsula, you are constantly in the presence of the roaring Atlantic Ocean, endless lava fields, and volcanic craters. An alien landscape, decorated by windblown palagonite and petrified troll formations.
Our adventure starts at the youngest volcano in Iceland, Fagradalsfjall, and its surrounding lava fields. The hike up to the craters takes about 40 minutes, where you will be able to explore the beautiful aftermath of this recent volcanic eruption. Since 2021, there have been 3 eruptions in the area, with the most recent one ending in August 2023.
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'll explore the largest mud pool in Iceland, Gunnuhver. You can feel the ground shake from the enormous power released from the boiling water and steam.
We’ll also visit one of the most iconic features of the Icelandic volcanic landscape: the boiling mud pools of Seltún and their steaming, colorful surroundings. This stop is only possible when the road to Seltún is open (usually closed during winter).
This hike is moderate in difficulty and may take longer than planned. Please be aware the walk is steep in some areas and there may be risk of rockfall.
For your safety, keep to the hills and ridges, and avoid valleys and dells. Gas pollution can accumulate in those areas, depending on the weather conditions. For the latest safety information on the newest eruption site, please visit Safe Travel Iceland.
What to bring
- Warm, water-resistant clothing
- Hiking boots
- Wooly hat and gloves
- Drinking water & a packed lunch
Guidance in English
Transport to and from Reykjavík
Meals & refreshments
Free on-board wi-fi