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The Volcanic Way is a way to explore South Iceland and Reykjanes, focusing on volcanoes and their surroundings. Eight major volcanoes lead the way, telling you the story of how they shaped the land and its people. 

 

What to expect on The Volcanic Way

Distance: ~700 km. one-way or ~1200 km. round-trip

Roads: Mostly paved lowland roads with a 90 km/ speed limit

Towns: 17 towns and villages that become more spread out as you go further east.

Elements: Hot springs, lava fields, new and old volcanoes, black sand beaches, sub-glacial volcanoes, volcanic islands, basalt columns, lava beaches

Season: Year-round

Duration: Take your time. The Volcanic Way should be enjoyed slowly.  We recommend at least one day for each of the eight stages of the way.

Expect volcanic landscapes, peaceful places, good food, friendly people, fascinating history, and unforgettable outdoor activities! Check out each stage of the way and start planning your volcanic journey!

Browse the eight stages of The Volcanic Way

1. Fagradalsfjall
Located in Reykjanes Peninsula, a captivating geological wonderland where the raw power of nature is on full display.
2. Hengill
As you reach the vicinity of Hengill, you will start noticing steam rising from hills, mountains, and even within the town of Hveragerði.
3. Hekla
Hekla has been dubbed the Queen of Iceland’s volcanoes. The one that has erupted most frequently in recent years;
4. Eyjafjallajökull
Eyjafjallajökull is an ice-capped volcano that famously erupted in 2010, its ash cloud affecting air traffic widely in Europe.
5. Eldfell
One fateful night in 1973, the people of Westman islands woke up to a volcanic eruption at the edge of the town.
6. Katla
The vicinity of Katla is recognized by its vast black sands. While the volcano itself is hiding under thick layers of ice, its surrounding glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, is a majestic sight.
7. Laki
The vast lava fields of the Laki region can seem otherworldly. Two significant volcanic eruptions produced these mystical landscapes:
8. Öræfajökull
Vatnajökull glacier is everpresent as you explore the easternmost part of The Volcanic Way. Its highest peak is Öræfajökull, a stratovolcano at Vatnajökull's southern edge
Frequently asked questions
Questions and answers for anyone traveling The Volcanic Way

Mountains with memories

 

Let these eight volcanoes lead you through geological history, from new basalt lava fields in Reykjanes to ancient gabbro mountains such as Vestrahorn by Höfn. As you travel along The Volcanic Way, you will find opportunities to relax in geothermal pools, try out thrilling glacier activities next to sub-glacial volcanoes, experience complete darkness in underground caves, and hike, bike, or ride horses in volcanic landscapes. To help prepare for your journey, check out our map of The Volcanic Way. Look for the heart icons to find places personally recommended by locals.

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Take it slow - Travel with purpose

The Volcanic Way is a slow-travel approach to a region filled with popular tourist attractions. Instead of rushing from one ‚instagrammable‘ highlight to another, we invite you to slow down and truly take it all in. Without missing the must-see spots along the way, you will also visit quieter places, get in touch with nature and participate in the local culture.

By learning about local cultures, choosing local produce and vendors, and spending more time in less-visited areas, you contribute to sustainable tourism. See if you can support a local cause, lend a hand, or clean the environment during your trip. Even your smile can help spread joy, leaving a positive vibe that continues to live long after you return home.

We, the locals, designed The Volcanic Way for you: The curious traveler who seeks a deep connection with nature and wants to feel the rhythm of local culture.