Hiking the Great Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Seljavellir
Hiking the Great Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Seljavellir

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    Icelandic, English
  • Duration
    from 7 hrs to 8 hrs
  • Opening seasons:
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Activity description

Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to conquer Eyjafjallajökull on this beautiful hike up the glacier-covered volcano.

Stretching 1,666 meters above sea level, Eyjafjallajökull is well known as one of Iceland’s most beautiful glaciers. This volcano sits on the south coast of Iceland and is a perfect day trip from Reykjavík.

From Seljavallalaug (the old swimming pool), your guide will lead you up the small mountain, following an old trek of gravel and moss. The beginning of this hike is steep but several resting spots can be found along the way. After 2 to 3 hours, you will find yourself at the base of the glacier where you can eat some lunch and prepare your gear for the ice. Your guide will show you how to fit and use your harness, crampons, and rope. It is not necessary to bring a lot of water on this trip as many small streams can be found along the way.

From the edge, you will hike the ice slope to the summit. You will eventually get to a flat glacier where on clear days you can admire its impressive caldera.  Next is Goðasteinn, 1666 meters that usually takes from 30 to 50 minutes to climb. On Goðasteinn you can relax, take photos, and snack before beginning the descent. Heading down the mountain can take from 3 to 4 hours depending on the conditions of the hike. Once you have made your way back down take a dip in the swimming pool to relax!

Cancellation policy: 
1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made


1Meet on location in Seljavallarlaug
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2Pick up from Reykjavík
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Meeting point
Offer n° 1
Seljavallarlaug: Skogar, Vik and Myrdalsjokull, Iceland
Offer n° 2
Pick up from Reykjavík, to be determined
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