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orange lava pool bubling

Bubbling lava pool at Mt. Litli-Hrútur. Photo: Ragnar Th.

On August 5 the last throes of the lava eruption NE of Mt Fagradalsfjall were observed. Data from seismometers clearly show that no magma emerges at the vent in the double spatter and scoria cone. The area of the lava flow exceeds 1.5 sq. km and the volume might be around 16 to 17 million cubic metres (0.016-0.017 cu. km). The eruption is not officially declared over because activity might commence within the still-induced danger zone above the large magma dike that has been located in the upper crust. The Met Office will soon state that the eruption is over – if nothing happens.

What is the best way to see the volcano?

We strongly recommend people to go see the eruption site. The nearest lava field from 2021 is only a short hike from the main road. The eruption site of 2022 and the latest from 2023 are still within walking distance. Experienced hikers with good clothes and sturdy shoes can make the hike but we always recommend a tour with a guide, especially outside the summer months.
One of the most popular tours and the one we recommend is by our partner Reykjavík Excursions. It involves a 40-minute hike to a viewpoint over the lava fields and a fantastic trip around the volcanic areas of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

We also like the “Reykjanes, Volcano & Lava Tunnel Tour”  by Hidden Iceland, normally they do small groups and a visit to the amazing Lava Tunnel is included, highly recommended.

Can I hike to the volcano myself?

Yes you can, but good clothes, sturdy shoes and food & water for a whole day out are recommended. We normally only suggest the hike on your own during the summer months. Below you can see an interactive map from Reykjanes Geopark for the hiking trails and the different lava fields.

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