Hike Geldingadalir Volcano


Hiking on an active volcano is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that attract many travelers to Iceland's Geldingadalir Volcano. Set just south of the capital on the Reykjavik Peninsula, you can easily get to the volcano on your own, but keep in mind that hiking requires local knowledge, careful preparation, monitoring each day's conditions, and being aware of the special risks associated with this activity. Luckily, there are plenty of companies that can guide you on your volcanic hike!

If you decide to go on your own, the hike begins along Road 427, just about a 10-minute drive east of the town of Grindavík. There are designated parking areas to leave your car where rangers are available to answer any questions. Once you're ready, enjoy walking over this unique terrain covered in gravel and lava fields. The hike is quite steep along uneven ground, but you'll surely enjoy the surreal experience and views of endless valleys and jagged mountain peaks.

The designated trails eventually lead to the volcano's eruption site. Each day can bring a different view, as sometimes the eruption site is dormant, whereas other times you may see steam or even lava spewing from the top! Of course, it's important to keep a safe distance, as the lava and gas can be dangerous.  

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