The tour gives you the chance to enjoy many of the most amazing things Iceland has to offer – a great mixture of nature, history and adventure.
The whole programme takes about 5–6 hours to complete, in which time you will:
- Take a very scenic hike across a lava field, often compared to the surface of the moon.
- Get to know a bunch of stuff about volcanoes and volcanic activity in Iceland.
- Enjoy an amazing view of Reykjavik and the Reykjanes peninsula.
- Get your adrenaline pumping, without doubt.
- Have a very, very, very close encounter with a volcano.
- Taste a delicious traditional Icelandic meat soup. In fact, you can have as much of it as you want.
- Hopefully leave with a life-long memory of a unique and distinct Icelandic travel experience.
The tour departs on the scheduled departure times from Iceland Excursions (Gray line) central bus station, located on the corner of Hafnarstræti and Lækjargata in downtown Reykjavik (See map). Pick-up at hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik starts 40 minutes prior to departure and we urge you to be ready in the lobby on time so you simply don’t miss the tour.
We highly recommend to use the included pickup and leave your car in Reykjavik if you have one.
The drive from Reykjavik to Blafjoll mountain cabin takes about 30 minutes. A guide will meet and greet you at the cabin, before leading the way during the hike across the lava field. The hike will be entertaining and enlightening.
If you have your own car, then make sure you arrive at the parking lot outside the cabin no later than 20 minutes past the scheduled departure time (so that those who do the scheduled transfer and those who have their own car arrive at the same time).
This means that if you have booked a spot in the 10:00 AM tour and plan to arrive at the Blue Mountains meeting point in your own car, then you should be there at 10:20 at the latest. That’s because 10:00 AM marks the time that the bus departs from Reykjavik and it takes 30 minutes to drive to the meeting point.
The hike usually takes about 45–50 minutes to complete. It’s rated as moderate in difficulty – it’s not uphill and although you will be walking on a hiking trail for the most part, the surface can be hilly and uneven. This is not a hike for those who have problems with ankles, knees, hips and/or the back. It can be demanding for those who are not used to hiking or doing longer walks.
After arriving on location, your group will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave in the area and when inside the volcano. You will be wearing a helmet and harness. The group is then split into a smaller party of 4–5 people. The trip down or up takes about 6 minutes and the first ones to go down will usually be the first ones to go up.
You will spend about half an hour on the ground of the volcano, in which time you can take as many photos as you want. However, you are not allowed to take rocks and stones from the crater. Expert guides will be with you at all times, in the cable lift and on the ground in the magma chamber.
When you are back on the surface, while waiting for everyone in the group to complete the volcano visit, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meat soup, hot coffee/tea/chocolate and perhaps some sweets. Don’t be surprised when we ask you to complete a super quick survey – We are always looking for ways to improve the tour and spread the word.
Finally, you will walk back over the lava field. And again, you will be accompanied by a guide at all times. The coach will be waiting for you in the parking lot, ready to drive you back to Reykjavik.