This forecast is valid Sun 25th Jul for the period 10:00-12:00
This forecast describes conditions for a hike to the Fagradalsfjall volcano
Precipitation and medium winds. Track can be wet and conditions harsh.
Bad conditions, but those who are used to winter hiking should be able to do the hike.
Further info about the conditions are below. Make sure that the region is open before leaving.
Temperature above freezing the whole way.
Wind blows the gas away from the main paths.
Wind speed is predicted to be above 12 m/s at the start of the hike. The wind speed increases with height and is even higher close to the eruption site.
Bad conditions for hiking.
Rain showers predicted during the hike.
On March 19th 2021 volcanic eruption started at the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The eruption site is close to both the international airport in Keflavík and to Reykjavík, the capital city.
The eruption has attracted thousands of visitors every day sice it started, and it's popularity will likely increase as Iceland opens further for tourism. This web page's intention is to inform visitors on the volcano, the trip towards the volcano, weather and how to stay safe at the site.
There is currently only 1 close to the eruption. The path starts at e parking lot south of the eruptio. It takes around 50 minutes to drive from Reykjavík to the lot along roads 41, 43 and 427. It is also possible to drive road 42, which is a more scenic route albeit a little longer.
The hike towards the viewpoint and back takes around 2 - 3 hours in total. More information about the path and viewpoint can be obtained by cliking on them at the map on the left side.
Weather forecast for the next 6 days and further information on the site and volcano are below. Click on both date and time to get the best possible info on the conditions near the eruption.
Frequently asked questions
Is the region open all the time?
The eruption site is usually open 24 hours each day. There are however no response units at the site from midnight to noon. It is highly recommended to visit the region during the day when there is response on the site.
Can I bring a drone?
Flying a drone is generally allowed in the region. Drones can be flown up to 120 meters above ground level. Drones can however be banned for short periods due to research flights above the volcano. More info about drone flights and announcements regarding flight bans can be found on the Icelandic Transport Authority website.
Is visiting the volcano dangerous?
Visiting the eruption site is not really dangerous if you make sure to follow general rules at the site. By staying on tracks and far away from the eruption the danger can be limited. It is also important to check weather forecasts regularly and dress appropriately.
I am not much of a hiker, how can I get closer?
Driving closer to the volcano than the parking lot is generally not allowed. If you can’t walk it is possible to buy a helicopter tour to the volcano.
Can children hike towards the volcano?
The hike is rather easy and many have taken their kids to the site. Parents know their kids the best and have to evaluate if their kids can and will be willing to hike.
When will the eruption stop?
It is impossible to say when the eruption will end. There are currently no signs of the eruption slowing down or ending soon. Geologists say the eruption could last for years or even decades.
Are headlamps necessary?
In Iceland there is constant daylight from mid May till early August. In that period headlights are not necessary. The rest of the year you might need headlights in the evening or during the night.
Do I have to pay to visit the volcano?
You can visit the region free of charge. There is however a fee for parking.
Will I have to stay within the paths?
You are not required to take one of the marked paths. There are however regions close to the eruption site that are closed. We recommend only using the marked paths.
Do I need to wear gasmask og bring a gas monitor on the hike?
If you make sure to not go too close to the eruption there should not be a great risk of gas causing any problems. Stay high in the landscape to avoid gas if you notice it. If you are doing research or staying in the region for an extended time period, you should bring both a gas monitor and gas mask.