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Eruption in Reykjanes

Wednesday September 22nd 2021

High wind in the area, cold temperature, muddy slippery paths. Warm clothes and proper hiking shoes needed. In general not good conditions for hiking there today.

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.

Important – even when no activity can be seen the eruption is still active. Burning lava can be underneath and the crater can erupt any time. Never walk on the lava or on the crater.

Route C is the short (1 hour return trip) and easy hike to the lava fields in the Nátthagi valley. From Nátthagi it is possible to continue on a more difficult hike up to Langihryggur where hikers get view over the crater opening (adding 1-2 hours of hiking).

Route B (3-4 hours return trip) to see the crater is longer and more difficult (steep mountain path) than route C .
From this route there is little visible activity in the crater, as the viewpoint does not show the opening of the crater only its steep sides.

Route A is closed.

See weather and gas info here.

Do not walk on the lava – even though you can not see it, there could be more than 1.000°C hot lava just beneath.
The hike start from road 427, approx 10 min drive east of Grindavík. It is forbidden to park along the road, only park in parking areas.
There is a marked trail with challenging terrain over lava fields, gravel and uneven ground. The elevation gain is approximately 250 m, up steep hills.

Click here for a photo/map of trails B and C. Route A joins route B and therefore has the same ending point.

Click here for GPS track, route B (the upper one). It’s a little more than 4 kms one way with one very steep slope where there is a rope to hold onto. A return trip takes approx 3-4 hours for hikers in pretty good shape.

Click here for GPS track route C from upper parking lot. Click here for GPS track route C from lower parking lot.

Click here to download a map with the trails for your mobile (if you don‘t have a GPS).
Good hiking shoes, warm clothing and wind and waterproof outerwear is essential. Weather conditions in Iceland can change very suddenly. See here for equipment list.
Stay on hills and ridges and keep away from valleys and low lying areas in the landscape.
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.
Don‘t hesitate to talk to ICE-SAR people, rangers or police on the site for information.
Evenings and nights are getting darker. 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.