On 19 March 2021, an effusive eruption started at approximately 8:45 PM local time in Geldingadalir "gelding valleys", to the south of Mount Fagradalsfjall. It's the first known eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula in about 800 years.
The eruption may be a shield volcano eruption, which may last for several years. But no one knows how long it wall last or how it will develop. Right now it is accessible and if weather condition are good I am offering guided day tours to the eruption site.
The hike is now about 4,7 km each way from where we park our car. It takes about 1,5 hours to get there, at a comfortable pace. The elevation gain is under 100m. So most people can make this hike without problems. You need to wear good hiking boots and warm clothes. Please don't go wearing just jeans and a hoody :) You also need to carry enough water so you don't dehydrate and a snack so you have enough energy for your journey back.
Making a site like this safe is impossible, apart from closing access with a wide enough diameter. I am happy that we don't take that approach here, since it makes it possible to witness this incredible event and share it with others, in person and through images.
Let's get one thing straight. Going there you take responsibility for yourself. I will of course do my best to guide you in the safest way possible. There are local SAR and Police teams on site, which give visitors information on how to be as safe as possible.
If you have a drone you can fly at will, not going higher than 120m and always staying clear of any other drones (that are not alway easy to see) or aircraft. There are helicopters landing every now and then, so you need to be extra careful to stay out of their way.
Visiting a Volcanic eruption site will forever change your life. Just make sure that you make it back to tell the stories.
On April 13th some six fissure openings were erupting. I melted the bottom of my drone while shooting this image.
A drone shot of the lava stream running towards Merardalir Valley.
A close-up like this one is not something I recommend, unless the conditions are just right. You need to have wind blowing from behind and the border of the lava can not be high, or moving too fast.
The Geldingadalir Volcanic Eruption Tour costs US$ 900 and the duration is from 6-10 hours depending on the time it takes us to hike and how long you want to stay to photograph.
The price includes pick-up and drop-off where you stay, guiding and photography tutition, transport in my Land Rover Defender and fuel costs. Any meals/drinks are not included.
My Land Rover seats up to four passengers but three will be more comfortable.