UPDATE: As of December 19, 2021, the effusive eruption at the site of the volcano has been inactive for three months and no lava flow has been observed since the middle of September 2021. While the site has been officially declared inactive, it is possible to still use the hiking trails and observe the fresh lava formations and craters in the area. It should be noted, volcanic activity is cyclical and eruption of this kind indicates magma activity under the surface, but it is difficult to predict when and what will happen next.

After weeks of earthquakes – nearly 40,000 total – a volcanic eruption began on March 19, 2021 on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula at the site of Fagradalsfjall mountain close to the town of Gríndavík near the famous Blue Lagoon. The area is known as Geldingadalir and it’s just a short distance from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík.

Within 24 hours of the eruption, thousands of locals were flocking to the site to catch a glimpse of the molten hot lava spewing from the ground—the photo opportunity simply can’t be beat.

Five days after the volcano began erupting. Photo credit: Siggeir Hafsteinsson (Instagram @sigvicious)

This volcano isn’t your run-of-the-mill volcano either. It is a rare and primitive form of volcano known as a Tuya, which makes this eruption especially interesting to experts and lay people alike. Tuya volcanos, which are flat topped and steeped on the sides, are formed in places where there is active volcanism and glaciers in the same period of time.

Crowds flocking to the site of the eruption. Photo credit: Siggeir Hafsteinsson (Instagram @sigvicious)

At this time, the volcano is still erupting in intervals and many lava emitting fissures having formed around the area, and there is likely more to come.

Spectators are transfixed by the spewing molten lava. Photo credit: Siggeir Hafsteinsson (Instagram @sigvicious)

The area is open for visitors from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. There are three official hiking trails to the area which can be found here. Because of the instability of the area, we recommend exploring the area with a guide.


Note: While visitors are still arriving by the thousands, many for their second and third time, the area isn’t entirely safe. Iceland’s volunteer search and rescue team (ICE-SAR) has been working tirelessly to protect visitors in the area. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and follow the official health and safety guidelines which can be found at safetravel.is/eruption-in-reykjanes.

Headlamps illuminate the night sky as a crowd departs the site of the eruption. Photo credit: Siggeir Hafsteinsson (Instagram @sigvicious)

Iceland Travel Team

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