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About the 2021 Volcano Eruption in Iceland

Witness Iceland's newest volcano and lava fields a stone's throw away from the capital city, Reykjavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula. Rarely has a volcano put on such a spectacular show within easy reach from Iceland’s capital and airport. This makes it a unique opportunity for you to see a newborn volcano and its fresh lava fields.

Read on to learn more about the volcanic eruption in Iceland, including safety tips and how you can visit it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You probably have questions about the 2021 volcano eruption in Iceland. To help answer your queries, our local travel experts – who are based in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík – have compiled their safety advice and travel tips below.

The last volcanic eruption in Iceland began on 19 March 2021 in the Reykjanes peninsula, following weeks of seismic activity in the surrounding area, including Reykjavík. After much anticipation, a new fissure in the earth opened up and molten lava started to flow down to the valley below.

On the 16 December 2021, it was announced that the eruption at Fagradalsfjall had ended, although seismic activity restarted over the Christmas period. With increased activity under the surface, it might mean the volcano could erupt again. Only time will tell.

You’ll find Iceland’s newest volcano at Mount Fagradalsfjall, set within the Geldingadalur valley in the Reykjanes peninsula.

This region is located in the southwest of Iceland and is home to the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal pool and the country’s international airport, Keflavík. It would take you approximately 30 minutes to drive to the volcano car park from the airport.

Reykjanes is a UNESCO Global Geopark teeming with volcanic landscapes and geothermal activity, due to the pulling apart of two tectonic plates. It is the only place in the world where you can see the North Atlantic Ridge on land.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano is 32 kilometres (20 miles) away from Reykjavík, which is around 1 hour by car. After you reach the car park, it’s a 3-4 hour round-trip walk to reach the volcano itself.

It is generally considered safe for you to visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano. That said, you should always exercise caution when you explore volcanoes in Iceland. 

If you plan to visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano, bear in mind that a good level of fitness is required due to the 3-4 hour return hike. Check out this guide to the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland on our experts' blog.

Conveniently, you can easily reach Iceland’s newest volcano from Reykjavík. You could explore the volcano site while based in Iceland’s capital city, or on the way back to the airport before your flight home.

If you are on a self-drive tour of Iceland, you have the chance to head to the volcano during your road trip, as it's only a 1-hour drive to the volcano site car park from Reykjavík.

You might like to visit at the beginning of your self-drive tour. Or you could go to the volcano at the end of your journey before returning to Reykjavík or the airport.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer not to drive, you could take the bus from the capital to the volcanic site. Your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor can arrange this for you and add an extra day in Reykjavík to your itinerary.

Once you arrive at the car park and drop-off point, you’ll need to hike for roughly 1.5-2 hours to reach the volcano itself. There are a couple of routes you can take from the car park.

Download the trail map from Safe Travel Iceland’s volcano updates to see your hiking options. We also highly recommend you check this page to find out about weather and safety conditions on the day of your visit.



Another way you can see Fagradalsfjall is by helicopter. This is a thrilling adventure that will have you soaring over Reykjavík and the Reykjanes peninsula to reach Fagradalsfjall in no time.

With a birds-eye view of the action, you don’t need to worry about driving, hiking, or taking the bus.

As there are limited spaces for the helicopter tour, make sure you have it booked in advance of your trip. Add this activity to your Nordic Visitor tour for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For an exhilarating getaway in the Land of Fire and Ice, check out more thrilling things to do in Iceland on a post-lockdown trip.

The car park at the volcano site is about a 10-minute drive from Grindavík on the south coast. Turn right off the 427 road to reach Geldingardalur Volcano Parking, which you can find on Google Maps.

If you’re hiking to the volcano, you should wear sturdy walking shoes, warm layers, and a waterproof jacket and trousers. We also recommend you bring a hat, scarf and gloves to stay warm.

Additionally, hiking poles will be useful for walking on uneven terrain. You should also pack plenty of water and food for your visit. And don’t forget your camera to take home memories of your volcano experience.

In summer Iceland has long daylight hours, but from late summer it gets darker earlier in the evening. If you are visiting from September onwards, we recommend you bring a flashlight with you, in case you hike back in the dark.

For sunset and sunrise times, read about time and daylight in Iceland on our travel guide. Or check our Iceland packing list to find out more tips on what to bring.

The 2021 volcanic eruption in Iceland started on 19 March but more fissures appeared thereafter with lava oozing into the surrounding valleys. On the 16 December 2021, it was formally announced that the eruption at Fagradalsfjall had ended.

Due to its position between two tectonic plates, volcanic activity is common in Iceland. In fact, you might be surprised to know that Iceland has around 130 volcanoes, which is pretty impressive for a small island country!

This is why Icelanders are used to eruptions taking place. But rarely are the volcanoes so accessible and visitor-friendly, like the recent one at Mount Fagradalsfjall.

Interestingly, the eruption at Fagradalsfjall is the first to occur in the region in 800 years. The last one erupted over a 30-year period, and so some scientists predict that the Reykjanes peninsula may again see renewed seismic activity for many years to come.

Discover more volcanic experiences to have in Iceland on our blog.

You can now visit Iceland without needing to quarantine upon arrival if you are fully vaccinated or you have proof of Covid-19 antibodies. 

Children are also exempt from Covid-19 border measures.

For the latest guidance on visiting the country, read our Iceland travel update.

There are some Covid-related restrictions currently in place in Iceland. You can stay up to date with Iceland’s regulations by following our blog article: Is Iceland safe to visit?

If you have cancellation insurance with us, your payment is protected. This means that, if you need to cancel because of Covid-19 related reasons, you will never lose the money you’ve paid to us. 

Should you test positive for Covid-19 more than 72 hours before your trip, you can rebook your tour, on one occasion, without incurring any change fees. Or you can receive a refund of 80% of the total value of your booking, and a 20% travel credit towards a future tour with Nordic Visitor.

Should you test positive for Covid-19 with less than 72 hours before your trip, you'll receive a refund of 50% and the remaining 50% will be held as travel credit.

Don’t hesitate to contact your Nordic Visitor travel consultant if you feel unwell in the lead up to your trip. They will do everything they can to support you during this time.

Read the details of our cancellation insurance in our Book With Confidence terms.

If you do not have cancellation insurance with us, normal booking terms apply and we recommend you check with your private travel insurance provider. 

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