Inside the Volcano

The Tour

Tour Duration
5-6 hours
With about 35 - 40 minutes inside the volcano
Fitness level needed
Moderate
No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required
Distance Walked
3 km (*2)
The hike usually takes around 45–50 minutes each way
Age limit
12 years
We can and have made exceptions on the age though
How to get there

How to get there

Most of our clients get to the meeting point by taking the bus from Reykjavík. We highly recommend you give your car a day off and take advantage of this option! People are also welcome to drive themselves to the meeting point. Note that the pickup is complimentary so driving yourself does not affect the price. Below, you can see more info about each option.

Using the complimentary pickup

Recognizing the bus:

Gray Line Iceland operates the pickup so please look for a bus from them. Usually, it does not say “Inside the Volcano” on the bus.

Pickup locations:

We have a large collection of pickup locations within the capital area. Most of these are in Reykjavik but we also offer a few locations in Hafnarfjörður, Kópavogur, Garðabær, and Mosfellsbær. This includes most hotels in Reykjavik. You can see all of our pickup locations on the booking site.

IMPORTANT for downtown Reykjavik:

Note that the pickup locations in downtown Reykjavik are at special bus stops, NOT at the hotels. You can see the closest bus stop to your location here: busstop.is

Pickup time:

The pickup starts 30 minutes before the set time of the tour. Please make sure to be ready at that time at your pickup location. If you’re being picked up from your hotel, it’s important that you’re located somewhere you can see the bus arrive. The driver is not required to look for guests in the lobby.

How it works:

The bus will take you from your selected pickup location to the Gray Line main terminal. It is located at Skarfabakki. You will enter a new bus there, which will take you all the way to the meeting point. The bus leaves from the Gray Line terminal at the set time of the tour.

The main terminal:

You can select the main terminal as your pickup location. If you do so, then we recommend checking in 15 minutes before the set time of your tour.

Self-driving

Where is the meeting point?

The meeting point is at a ski cabin, located in Bláfjöll (the Blue Mountains). It takes about 30 minutes to drive there from Reykjavík. The name of the cabin is Breiðabliksskáli.
Those who drive themselves to the meeting point have to be there 20 minutes past the set departure time. Twenty minutes past because that’s when the bus will arrive from Reykjavík. For example, if you booked the 08:00 tour, you have to be at the meeting point at 08:20.

How can I find it on the map?

We recommend using Google Maps. You simply type in ‘Inside the Volcano – Meeting Point‘. Please make sure that you go to the meeting point, instead of attempting to drive directly to the volcano itself.
The GPS coordinates for the meeting point are: N 63.982815, W -21.652749.

The road:

The roads are paved all the way from Reykjavik to the meeting point and suitable for all vehicles over the summer months. If you are at any point driving on a gravel road, then you are on the wrong track.

Instructions:

From your location in Reykjavik, find your way to the road nr. 1, heading to the South coast. Drive straight for about 15 minutes and then turn right on to road nr. 417 (Bláfjallavegur). From there you will never have to take a turn until you get to the meeting point.
Make sure you continue straight when road 417 splits. Do not turn into the gravel part.

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How will you know you are in the right place?

After driving for around 10 minutes after turning off route 1, you’ll see a sign that says ‘Inside The Volcano – Parking 300 meters’. Drive that distance and you will notice a parking lot that also holds a sign marked ‘Inside the Volcano’. Please note that there are other parking lots in the area, but the correct one is where you’ll see our sign.

 

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