This small group tour brings all the best scenic sights of the Reykjanes peninsula with the added bonus of a short hike to view Geldingadalur volcano lava field (now dormant) and a journey into the Raufarhólshellir, Lava Tunnel. This is your chance to experience one of the most volcanically active places on the planet with an expert guide! This semi-private tour is a great introduction to Iceland's volcanic landscapes, right on Reykjavík's doorstep.
The unique geology and landscapes are a result of the separating tectonic plates that are pulling it apart. Today you will explore the most fascinating sights in this geological hotspot, which is included in the UNESCO Global Geopark, with a maximum of 12 people in the group.
We start the day by heading out to the southwestern corner to Iceland, heading to the bird cliffs & lighthouse of Reykjanesviti and the powerful Gunnuhver geothermal geyser. We stop for a local lunch in the fishing town of Grindavík, before taking a short walk to the edge of the recently erupted lava field from the Geldingagos eruption. From here we make a quick stop by the geothermal mud springs at Krýsuvík, the fumaroles and colours of the bubbling mudsprings that nature has created are always a wonder to see. We end the day with a tour of the Lava Tunnel. The formations and colours inside this 5200 year old lava cave are breathtaking. We will be back in Reykjavik in time for dinner in the city.
General entry to the Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel and all Reykjanes sights with a private guide, pickup and drop-offs, transportation with a small group and an English speaking guide.
As with all our trips, be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire, free of charge. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact directly to ensure we have your size.
The walk to the volcano view is categorised as easy to moderate due to the small hill and uneven surface. This is mostly flat ground when exploring the lava field though. This walk should be possible for anyone with a general fitness level and full mobility of ankles and knees. On the walk we will go at a relatively slow pace based on the fitness of the group and stop for breaks if needed. It is a similar exertion and difficulty to the Lava Tunnel.
Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended, preferably with ankle support above the ankle bone.
Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, even on a sunny day in case the weather changes. Layers are a good idea as you will likely get warm on the hike and then cool down when standing around at the volcano site.
Hiking boots and waterproofs are available to hire upon request, free of charge.