Eruption in Reykjanes

Always check the weather forecast and conditions especially with regard to wind speed/direction and visibility. You can check the live camera feed for visibility before you go.

At this time of year always be prepared for slippery paths, good hiking boots are a must. As temperature is around 0°C (or colder), always wear warm clothes, wind- and waterproof outerwear.

In the evenings when it’s dark (now at 16:00) there is nothing to be seen when the crater is not active. Black lava fields are not seen in the pitch black.

See weather and gas info here.

Do not walk on the lava – even though you can not see it, there could be burning hot lava just beneath.
The hikes start from road 427, approx 10 min drive east of Grindavík. It is forbidden to park along the road, only park in parking areas.

Please notice that there are no toilets in the area!
There are marked trails with challenging terrain over lava fields, gravel and uneven ground. Rangers recommend trail A, it is easier than route C where the elevation gain is approximately 250 m, up steep hills.

Click here for a photo/map of routes A and C.

Click here for GPS track route C from upper parking lot. Click here for GPS track route C from lower parking lot. The whole trail is about 4 kms one way with one steep slope. A return trip takes approx 3-4 hours for hikers in pretty good shape. The trail to the the lava field (not going up on Langihryggur) is easy and approx 1 hour hike return trip.

Click here to download a map with the trails for your mobile (if you don‘t have a GPS).

Street view of the parking, the steep hill with the rope, and the top.
Good hiking shoes, warm clothing and wind and waterproof outerwear is a must. Weather conditions in Iceland can change very suddenly. See here for equipment list.
Gas pollution is not visible and cannot be detected by scent. Gas can disperse from the smoke cloud and pollution can increase rapidly in an area. If you feel any discomfort leave the area immediately.
Evenings and nights are dark. Bring a headlamp.
You can leave a travel plan with Safetravel here.
Not For Children Icon On White Background. Flat Style. STOP!.. Royalty Free  Cliparts, Vectors, And Stock Illustration. Image 135058673.Children under 6 years old and pregnant women are not recommended to the eruption area when gas pollution is expected on the trail or viewpoint.
It is strongly advised not to take dogs to the eruption area. Fluorine and gas pollution in the area is not safe for them.