Hiking to the Fagradalsfjall volcano
One of Iceland's biggest tourist attractions is the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, which gives you an opportunity to witness a volcanic eruption up close - a lifetime experience for most people. Whether you prefer hiking to the volcano or watching the spewing lava from the air, there are different possibilities for visiting the eruption site on the Reykjanes peninsula.
WHERE TO PARK? - DRIVE AND HIKE
The eruption site is located within a 50-minute drive from Reykjavík. Take road 41 towards Keflavík, turn to road 43 towards Grindavík, and follow road 427 until you see the marked parking lots. Parking along road 427 is forbidden, but you can find . .
HOW LONG IS THE HIKE? - HIKING ROUTES TO THE VOLCANO
Below you find possible hiking routes to the volcano. Please note that they are constantly changing due to the changes in the lava size and flow directions. So before you get started, checkfor daily updated weather information, GPS tracks and hiking maps. Also, note that the paths have a rugged terrain with gravel, rocks and steep hills. It is strongly advised to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring hiking poles for balance.
Path A is closed due to lava flow.
Path B is 3.3 km long and leads to the backside of the crater. The hike takes 2-3 hours (return trip) and lies through partially steep and challenging terrain. Taking this route is NOT advised if the wind is blowing from the East due to possible pollution from volcanic gasses.
Path C by Langihryggur is 4.5 km long, to a spot where you can see the front of the crater. It is a 3-4 hour hike, and the path leads through partially challenging terrain and has one very steep elevation. Taking this route is NOT advised if the wind is blowing from the West due to possible pollution from volcanic gasses.
Path C to Nátthagi is 2km long and a much easier hike. There you can see the newly formed lava, but not the crater itself.