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Lava eruption, Iceland

LIVE Volcanic eruption, 2021

On Friday 19 March 2021, a volcanic eruption started in the Fagradalsfjall area of the Reykjanes Peninsula around 25km from Reykjavik. A fissure around 500 – 700 metres long opened up releasing red hot lava flows in a dramatic spectacle. The eruption is being closely monitored and there is no threat to inhabitants or infrastructure. Multiple fissures have now opened and this tourist-friendly eruption is being visited by Icelanders keen to witness nature in the raw. Though travel from the UK is not currently possible, this eruption could last for months offering the unique chance to witness it this summer. More information to follow.

The previous most recent significant volcanic eruption in Iceland was at the Holuhraun lava field, north of the Vatnajokull icecap in the central Highlands. This spectacular eruption lasted six months from late August 2014 to the end of February 2015. Fountains of molten rock erupted from fissures up to a mile in length, producing a lava field over 85 sq km in area – the largest in Iceland since the Laki eruption of 1783. A marked hiking trail has since opened through the lava field.

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Recommended Itineraries

Even without a live eruption, Iceland’s volcanic features are ever-present. Whether you want to descend deep into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano, fly over a crater in a helicopter, or hike over Iceland’s lava fields, we can assist with your travel plans. Take a look through our most popular experiences below or contact our Travel Specialists about how you can enjoy Iceland’s volcanic wonders.

Volcano Day Trips & Excursions

Our collection of specialised excursions includes superjeep adventures and dedicated volcano experiences, which can be incorporated into any self drive itinerary in Iceland.

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Inside the Volcano

The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Southwest Iceland. This huge volcanic magma chamber is now accessible to people to venture inside on a tour lasting 5-6 hours including transfers from Reykjavik.

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Eyjafjallajokull Volcano by Superjeep

Take an exciting excursion to Eyjafjallajokull – the site of the 2010 eruption – with an expert Superjeep driver/guide. Climb the slopes of the glacier with this highly adapted 4×4 vehicle taking in views of the south shore.

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Lava Cave Explorer

Located near to Borgarfjordur in the west of Iceland, the Vidgelmir lava cave offers the chance to explore Iceland’s magical underworld on a 1.5 hour walking adventure.

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Lava Centre

This centre offers visitors a full multimedia experience; immersing guests into Iceland’s volcanic and seismic life. It’s the largest museum of its kind in the country.

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To be informed of potential trips to see volcanic eruptions in Iceland, sign-up to our Volcano Hotline

volcanohotline@discover-the-world.co.uk