Climb every volcano

Snaefellsjokull
The setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Snaefellsjokull is a 700,000-year-old glacier volcano which dominates the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula. Believed by some to be an important centre of energy, it was also mentioned in Nobel prize winner Halldor Laxness's novel, Under the Glacier.
Depending on the conditions, it is possible to hike and climb it, go mid-way by snowcat and snowmobile; with tours in the summer and winter. Send us an email and we'll let you know the options.
Last eruption: 200 A.D.

Katla Geopark
The Katla GeoPark is the most volcanically active area of Iceland and home to 3 famous volcanoes - the powerful Katla under the Myrdalsjokull glacier; Eyjafjallajokull whose 2010 eruption made headlines across the world and Grimsvotn which erupted in 2011.
Hiking to the tops of these volcanoes is dangerous due to crevasses in the glacier ice but we recommend hiking the Fimmvorduhals ridge which will take you on a trail between Katla and Eyjafjallajokull.

Hekla
Long believed to be the Gateway to Hell, Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Having erupted once every 10 years since 1970, it has been expected to erupt for a while now. Its unpredictable nature and limited warning period make hiking there risky, which is why most tour operators have discontinued scheduled hikes there.
Travellers are advised to carry a mobile phone so they can be warned of any eruption.
The Hekla Centre gives a great insight into the history of the volcano and its impact on the lives of people.
Last eruption: 2000

Hengill
Mossy lava fields dotted with bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles makes the Hengil volcano and geothermal area a unique experience. Popular with hikers, there are a variety of trails to suit different difficulty levels.
Our personal favourite is the Reykjadalur valley close to Hveragerdi where you can relax your tired muscles in a hot river after the hike.
The energy from the Hengill area is channelled to two power stations, Hellisheidi and Nesjavellir, which offer tours for travellers.
Last eruption: 1000 A.D.

Eldfell
One of the most well-known eruptions in history, Eldfell is situated on the gorgeous Westman islands. The sudden eruption in 1973 forced evacuation of the island's 5000 residents in just a day. The eruption lasted for 6 months, destroyed 400 homes and it took over a year for the residents to return.
It is a medium difficulty self-guided hike with unbeatable views over the surrounding landscape and islands.
The Eldheimar volcano museum is a must-visit to learn more about the fascinating story.
Last eruption: 1973

Published by Sturla Stígsson on 18. October 2017