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This small group tour brings all the best scenic sights of the Reykjanes peninsula with the added bonus of a view of the Geldingadalur volcano lava field (now dormant) and a journey into the Raufarhólshellir, Lava Tunnel. This is your chance to experience one of the most volcanically active places on the planet with an expert guide!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The site of the volcano that we visit on this tour hasn’t produced new lava since September 2021 meaning it’s not possible to see glowing or moving lava on this tour at present. However, it is still possible to see the ‘newest land on the planet’ by getting close to the new lava field. It is often not possible to see the distant volcanic crater on this tour since the hike to the viewpoint is up a steep hill and would be too long for a scheduled day tour that also includes sightseeing as well as the Lava Tunnel tour.
The unique geology and landscapes are a result of the separating tectonic plates that are pulling it apart. Today you will explore the most fascinating sights in this geological hotspot, which is included in the UNESCO Global Geopark.
To start the day, we take a visit to Raufarhólshellir, better known as the Lava Tunnel. This is one of the longest and best lava tubes in Iceland. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you’ll walk the same path that lava flowed during the Leitahraun eruption 5200 years ago. The formations and colours within the scorched earth of The Lava Tunnel have to be seen to be believed. After the Lava Tunnel, we visit the nearby, Mars like landscape of Seltún in Krýsuvík with its steam vents and mud-pots bubbling right to the surface.
DISCLAIMER: The volcano is constantly changing and creating new unique challenges every day. All images on our site are historic by their very nature. Your guide will take you to the best and safest spots near the volcano based on weather, hiking route options and gas levels. We will get you up close to the cooled lava field (steaming volcanic rocks).
Your expert guide will keep you entertained on the walk with stories and fun facts about Iceland. The walk from the car park to the lava field is only 20 minutes with one small hill to go over. There are many flat-ground sections around the lava field for exploring.
Overall, we’ll spend around 1 hour in the area. Staying a respectful distance from the newly formed lava rock is important since there can be lava hiding beneath the cooled rock. This means we will not walk on the lava rocks while on the tour, even if you see others doing it. Safety is always our chief concern. Please keep in mind that our safety measures may be more stringent than some of the people you see at the volcano site. This means your guide will assess the site and determine where is safe to walk to while there. This is often dictated by gas levels, wind direction and conditions on the day. We only go to the volcanic eruption site if it is safe to do so!
To end the day, your expert guide will take you to the south-western most point of Iceland. This is a great bird watching spot but also a fantastic view of the broken sea cliffs, formed from multiple volcanic eruptions. You will see examples of pillow lava here too.
In the background you’ll see Iceland’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti. The lighthouse was first built in 1907-1908. A great picture moment for sure.
Just around the corner is another great stop, at the Gunnuhver geyser. This highly active geothermal area is surround by mud pools and steam vents. In the centre is the geyser that constantly sprays out hot water and steam into the air. Keep an eye on wind direction as you approach it, we don’t want you to get wet. Though it’s all part of the fun if you do.