The Geldingadalur volcano is a rare opportunity to experience Iceland’s powerful natural forces yourself. Here are some ways you can work a hike to the volcano into your self-drive holiday/road trip.
Route A (currently closed to recent lava flow): Moderate. You should be in reasonable physical condition and have some hiking experience.
Route B: Moderate to Difficult. You should be in good physical shape and have some hiking experience. This is longer, uneven terrain and more difficult to walk than Route A. There is one very steep slope where there is a rope to hold on to. Hiking shoes and hiking poles are essential.
Route A: 8 km (5 miles)
Route B: More than 8 km (5 miles) through steep terrain
Elevation: 300 m (985 feet)
Add an extra day after your tour in Reykjavík and take the Guided Geldingadalur Volcano Hike – Enjoy a convenient coach transfer to the Geldingadalur Volcano Trail Head. Join your expert guide for an informative, interesting hike through scenic lava landscapes to the volcano. You’ll learn about the volcano and the fascinating Reykjanes Peninsula. The tour is offered on Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun.
Are you experienced with hiking? With a little preparation you can visit the volcano yourself. Drive to the trail head and follow the easily marked hiking trail to the volcano viewing site.
Arrival Day: Visit the Volcano from the airport – Is your flight arriving in the morning or early afternoon? Do you like to start right off with action as soon as your flight arrives? The hiking trail head is about 30 minutes’ drive from the airport.
Arrival Day: Afternoon or Evening volcano hike – During the summer months daylight hours are long. Grab some rest at your accommodation and then head to the trail for a volcano hike.
Staying in Hveragerði? – It’s about a 50-minute drive on Road 427 to the volcano trail head.
Staying in Reykjavík? – It’s about an hour’s drive on Roads 41 and 43 to the volcano trail head.
Check the latest volcano trail conditions at safetravel.is before you start.
Note- Arrival day suggestions are subject to current COVID travel and testing policies. Please check covid.is website for the latest information.
If your flight is leaving in the late afternoon or early evening you might have the opportunity for hike to the volcano earlier in the day. Make sure you leave enough time to drop off your car and check-in for your flight no later than 2.5 hours before your flight.
Packing list prepared by a landowner near the volcano (Volcano in Iceland)