For many years we’ve been sending our clients to experience the splendour of Iceland’s volatile landscape – brooding volcanoes, seething geothermal springs, steaming lava flows and, from time to time, live eruptions!
The most recent 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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Watch spectacular footage of the eruption taken on a helicopter sightseeing flight from Reykjavik in late September 2014.
Due to the remote Highland location of this recent eruption, scenic flights offered the best way to view the lava and continue now for those wanting to witness the vast eruption site. These excursions can be incorporated into any of our other fly drive or tailor made holidays in Iceland, subject to availability. Please contact our team to make the arrangements.
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 speak to our specialists about how you can enjoy Iceland’s volcanic wonders.
Volcanoes & Northern Lights
4 nights | from £854 plus flights
For a double-dose of Mother Nature, nothing beats this small-group tour, experiencing Iceland's otherworldly volcanic landscape and the mesmerising northern lights. New this season is an exciting 8WD trip into Thorsmork Valley to witness the impact of the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption.
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4 nights | from £458 plus flights
A self-drive holiday focusing on the stunning South Coast – visit eruption sites at Katla, Eyjafjallajokull, the Westman Islands and Laki, as well as enjoying classic experiences such as the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.
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Laugavegur Highland Walking Trail
6 nights | from £1,100 plus flights
From Landmannalaugar thermal pools, across the rugged Highlands to the verdant valley of Thorsmork, this unforgettable small-group trek encompasses hot springs, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, volcanic ash deserts and canyons. It's one of the world's classic multi-day hikes.
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Journey to the Centre of the Earth
7 nights | from £659 plus flights
Discover the stunning natural wonders of the South Coast and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this self-drive itinerary – from the snow-capped volcano of Snaefellsjokull (inspiration for Jules Verne's sci-fi adventure) to the black-sand beaches of the Atlantic shore.
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Volcano Day Trips and Excursions
The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Southwest Iceland. This huge volcanic magma chamber is now accessible to people on our Inside the Volcano tour.
15 May-30 Sep | Duration 5-6 hrs (including transfers from Reykjavik) | Price £195 per adult
An incredible Ice & Fire: Glaciers & Volcanoes sightseeing flight around the area of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in South Iceland.
Departs from Reykjavik | Duration approx. 1hr 15mins - 1hr 45mins | Price £270 per person
From the Southwest of Iceland, take an exciting excursion – Eyjafjallajokull Volcano by Superjeep and Lava Hike – up to remote Fimmvorduhals (Five Cairns Trail) between the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. See cracks in the earth's crust while walking in the area which was the scene of the first fissures, prior to the infamous Eyjafjallajokull eruption.
With an expert superjeep driver/guide from Reykjavik on our Thorsmork and Eyjafjallajokull excursion, see how the area around Eyjafjallajokull has been affected by the eruption.
Or climb on board a superjeep from Reykjavik for a tour of the South Coast of Iceland and Eyjafjallajokull, a fantastic opportunity to see the effects of the 2010 volcanic eruption.
Duration approx. 8-10 hrs | Price £209 per adult
Important note: Trips are weather-dependent. Minimum numbers apply. You may be asked by the local excursion operator to sign a consent form and sign a liability waiver. As with all trips of this nature, there is an inherent risk involved which we must make you aware of.
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