LAVA & VOLCANIC TOURS
Admire power of Mother Nature
Attractions shaped by Volcanic Activity
Iceland’s geological location – being perfectly nestled in between the mid-Atlantic ridge, creates the ideal environment for volcanic activity. The land of Fire and Ice, as its name suggests, is home to a high concentration of volcanoes, that have throughout the years, shown their explosive dark colours to the country’s population and its visitors. Currently, there are 30 active volcanic systems on the island, 13 of which have erupted since the settlement of Iceland in 874. This number might seem quite low however; these 30 volcanic systems encompass a total of more than 130 volcanoes!
Nowadays, Iceland’s volcanoes have become one of its most sought after natural tourist attractions. Their close watch and relative predictability give visitors a carte blanche to explore these mystic and greatly respected formations, producing the most breath-taking hikes and remarkable views of the country and its lands.
When it all started...
Some say that Iceland was put on map after 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Millions of people around the world saw 400 tons of volcanic ash that was coming out of the crater every second. It caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe, which had a direct affect on approximately 10 million travelers. Since then, many people have been looking for information about the volcanic activity of the island and its negative, as well as positive, effects on the lives of Icelanders and visitors.
Every volcanic system is unique and greatly differs in shape, size and more importantly activities offered. Our multi-day tours, where specified, offer short pit stops or, where appropriate, longer stopovers at sensibly selected volcanoes, craters, lava caves and all in between providing you an authentic raw experience without leaving permanent footprints across Mother Nature and her vivid landscapes.
Viðgelmir Lava Cave
Not a volcano in itself however, formed by one, Vidgelmir lava cave is nestled in the western part of the island near the town of Husafell. Being 1600 meters long and with an impressive size of 150.000 cubic meters, this off the beaten path gem is considered as one of the biggest caves in Iceland and one of the largest lava caves in the whole world! Volcanic eruptions 1100 or so years ago produced this outstanding manifestation of nature’s finest that is now deemed to be one of the easiest accessible and impressive lava caves on the island. Our guided tours provide a bespoke family friendly experience that take you across countless tunnels and icicles, giving you a glimpse of the hidden secrets of the underground world.
Kerid Volcanic Crater
Exactly 60 kilometres separate Reykjavik and the magnificent picture perfect Kerid Crater Lake, strategically located in the Grímsnes area in the southern part of the island and on infamous Golden Circle route. The caldera, which is 55 meters deep and 170 meters wide is painted with an array of spectacular red volcanic rock with bright green deep moss embedded in its cracks. The lake’s high mineral composition give its waters a fairy-tale like turquoise colour that creates a true visual spectacle paired with the brightly painted volcanic rock and vegetation. Due to the relative mild slope on one of the crater’s walls, if desired, one can easily descend its side to get an even closer look at the lake or walk all around it’s border. The Kerid crater is visited on many of our day and multi-day tours, summer and winter alike.
The name ‘Gullfoss’ directly translated from Iceland Gull/Foss means ‘ Golden Waterfall’. Although, unfortunately no gold has ever been found in this region, it’s array of beautiful distinct and stunning colours visible on a sunny day and produced by the waters evaporation into the air upon falling down it’s gorge give it its characteristic name.
Snaefellsjokull - stratovolcano on the Snaefellsnes Penninsula
Snæfellsjökull volcano, is, as its name suggests, a 700.000-year-old glacier volcano located on the most western tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It is deemed to be one of the country’s most distinguished landmark, during a clear day with open skies, it can be even spotted all the way from Reykjavik! Apart from its undeniable charm and otherworldly backdrop, this region has gained even greater international popularity due to its mention in Jules Verne’s novel ‘ Journey to the centre of the earth’. Nowadays Snæfellsjökull and the entire peninsula itself is deemed to be one of the most captivating areas on the island with some believing it to be one of the seven chakras ( or energy points ) of the world. Snæfellsjökull volcano can be visited both winter and summer alike, and is included in the itinerary of One day and Multi day tours that pass by that region.
Iceland’s most popular eruption
It goes without saying that Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 is without a doubt Iceland’s most famous eruption that ‘put Iceland on the map’ and created unprecedented worldwide aviation pandemonium.
Eyjafjallajökull, a sub glacial volcano located in the southern part of the country, is derived from the Icelandic phrase. ‘The islands mountain glacier’. In the beginning of 2010, numerous seismic activities were noticed in the area of the volcano that lead to its eruption on the 20th of March later that year.
Nearby villages and animals were evacuated as a precaution due to the volcano’s location and tilt, fears of flooding were extremely high throughout the region – nearby rivers were reported to have risen by three meters from the glacial melt produced by the eruption.
This precaution proved to be of extreme importance as a short time after the initial series of explosions, an eruption beneath a 200meter thick layer of ice caused major flooding.
Although no human fatalities were reported during Eyjafjallajokull eruption, there was immense fear that it could cause a chain reaction to the neighboring Katla volcano – which hadn’t erupted in more than 100 years, resulting in devastating consequences. Luckily this didn’t happen.
Selection of Volcanic & Lava Tours
Join one of our most popular multi day tours along Iceland's South Coast to discover many natural wonders, including Blue Ice Cave
Discover the magic of the West, visit fabulous waterfalls and hot springs and see stalactites and stalagmites in a spectacular lava cave
Discover the magic of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, explore Saga history in West Iceland and unwind in the warming waters of the Canyon Baths
Take this tour along Iceland´s South Coast to discover its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, waterfalls and much more!
See the most majestic sights in South Iceland, including the Glacier Lagoon and the Golden Circle, waterfalls, blue-ice glaciers, volcanoes and more
The glittering jewels in Iceland's crown, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon are always at the top of everyone's list of "must-see places" here!
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