How to visit the eruption at Geldingadalur, Fagradalsfjall mountain safely
We currently have a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Good news! It can be safe to visit it.
We strongly recommend to first check the weather and the wind. This website will give you all the information you need: https://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/elements#teg=windi&type=wind
The eruption in Geldingadalur isn’t seen as a threat to nearby towns—the closest road is 1.5 miles away—and the slow flows mean people can get close to the action without too much harm.
We can recommend our friends at Iceland Uncovered if you wish to be with a professional guide to go there which will always be the safest way.
Here are some instructions if you want to get there by yourselves:
- Off road driving is illegal. This applies to all motor vehicles, such as ATVs, six-wheelers, motorcycles.
- It is possible to park in Grindavík and walk from there.
- The journey from the parking areas takes 2-6 hours and is only for people who are used to being outdoors in difficult conditions.
- The weather can change quickly. It is cold and wet and the forecast is for rain during the weekend.
- Wear hiking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing.
- Assume that the journey may take longer than planned.
- Bring a packed lunch and water to drink.
- Keep an eye on your travel companions. Fatigue and hypothermia come quickly.
- Stick to hills and ridges. Avoid valleys and dells in the landscape.
- There is a risk of rock fall. Beware of steep slopes.
- It does not take much to get lost.
- Carry a positioning device.
- The telephone connection in the area is bad and it can therefore be difficult to call for help if needed.
- Eruption sites can change and new eruption cracks may open on short notice.
- Gas pollution is strongest close to the area and can lurk in valleys and dells where it is particularly dangerous.
- Gas pollution can change on short notice if the eruption suddenly increases and it is dangerous to be near the eruption sites without measuring instruments it