Eruption Information Site

9. August, 2022

The eruption site in Reykjanes is open today! We recommend that you read the guidelines about the hike here below. If conditions require the area can be closed to protect hikers – check this page for updated information before the hike. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the trail!

The hike to the new eruption site is a minimum of 14 km (approximately 9 miles) back and forth with an incline of about 300 meters (0,2 miles). The route is on very hard and slippery terrain and up very steep hills close to the crater. The hike itself can take around 4-5 hours at least (see the map here).

There is no infrastructure on the hiking trail – no toilets!

What equipment should I bring on the hike to the volcano?

  • Backpack
  • Headlight/Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Hiking boots (waterproof is recommended)
  • Hiking poles-not essential but good to have
  • Fully charged phone
  • GPS if you have one.
  • Water bottle
  • Hot water, coffee, tea or chocolate in case you get cold.
  • Food for more time than you anticipate for the journey.
  • Trash bag, don´t leave your trash on-site or on the journey.

What clothing should I wear while hiking?

  • Base Layer (wool or synthetic, NOT COTTON)
  • Mid layer (wool, fleece, down or synthetic, NOT COTTON)
  • The outer layer (waterproof, best if it has fabric that breaths well)
  • Extra clothing
  • Warm socks, Wool or similar, not Cotton
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Warm hat

Possible dangers of visiting the eruption site.

Volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall mountain is literally the hottest place in Iceland right now. It is really important to keep in mind that in the area and the area close by the volcano the conditions can change really fast. The things that can be dangerous around the eruption are:

  • Constant gas pollution the threat of gas pollution increases when the wind drops down, the gas can also gather together where the land is lower than other land and that can be lethal
  • New volcanic fissures can open with short or no notice in the area.
  • Melting lava can fall from the edge of the lava field and stream fast into new places and it is hard to run from them. 
  • Lava Field from the 2021 eruption is strictly forbidden to walk on the lava from the eruption last year the crust is thin and underneath is really hot lava which can be extremely dangerous. 
  • Weather it is really important to have a look at the weather forecast for the day of the hike to see if conditions are suitable for hiking. It is a long and demanding hike towards the volcano and the weather can change really fast, here is the latest weather forecast.

To keep in mind when visiting the site of the eruption

  • Children under 12 years old are not allowed on the eruption site or the trail.
  • The best way to the eruption site depends on the wind direction and weather each time so please follow the recommendations of the police and search and rescue teams. Press here for the wind and weather forecast.
  • The hike to the new eruption site is a minimum of 7 km (approximately 4,5 miles) one way with an incline of about 300 meters (0,2 miles) so the route there and back is about 14 km (9 miles). The route is on very hard terrain and up very steep hills close to the crater. The hike itself can take around 4-5 hours at least (see the map here).
  • The hike to the vantage point where the crater is visible is about 5 km (3 miles) one way, it is best to park your car at parking lot #1 and hike route A and continue over the terrain, towards the new eruption site (see the map here).
  • Leave your car in a marked parking lot, not on the side of the road, there is enough parking for everyone (See the map for parking).
  • Driving outside marked trails is forbidden.
  • Follow instructions from the local authorities and the ICE-SAR members on site. The area could be closed with short notice.

A map of the site

The red zone is danger zone and where new fissures might open up. Purple is the lava field.

And finally, be extremely careful and enjoy the magnificent experience of seeing a new land in the making