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Welcome to the vicinity of Fagradalsfjall- stage one of The Volcanic Way

Fagradalsfjall volcano hit the world news when it erupted for six months in 2021 and again in 2022. In the summer of 2023 it started erupting yet again and is currently ongoing. It is located in Reykjanes Peninsula, a captivating geological wonderland where the raw power of nature is on full display. This rugged landscape, adorned with lava fields, geothermal hotspots, and secluded beaches, offers an unforgettable adventure for all. Visit the Bridge Between Continents, where you can walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and explore the vibrant geothermal area of Gunnuhver. Don't miss the iconic Reykjanes Lighthouse, standing tall against the dramatic coastline.

Volcanic Wisdom

In March 2021, the eruption of Mt. Fagradalsfjall began after over a year of increased seismic activity. It lasted for six months, attracting many visitors before ending in December of that year. But just when everyone thought it was over, the volcano erupted again in August 2022, only 1 km north of the previous site. Periods of rifting and volcanism usually occur every 800-1000 years on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

The 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