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Get an up-close look at Iceland’s incredible volcanic landscape on this hiking day trip, which includes round-trip 4x4 jeep transport from Reykjavik and a visit to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Hike around craters and cooling lava on a guided 12-mile (20-km) hike from Basar to Fimmvorouhals Volcano in Thorsmork Valley. Along the way, learn about the country’s high concentration of volcanoes and enjoy regular stops to rest and take photos.


  • Fimmvorouhals Volcano hike including round-trip transport from Reykjavik
  • Stop for photos at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall near Eyjafjallajokull Glacier
  • Enjoy a 12-mile (20-km) hike around Fimmvorouhals Volcano in Thorsmork Valley
  • Admire the volcanic landscape, seeing craters, cooling lava falls, glaciers and canyons
  • Learn about active and extinct Icelandic volcanoes from a local guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Head to Iceland’s south coast to discover incredible waterfalls and glaciers. See a 200-foot (61-meter) waterfall and hike up a volcano to get one of the best views in Iceland!

What You Can Expect

Icelandic Volcano Hike in Thorsmork Valley with 4x4 Jeep Transport from Reykjavik

See incredible Icelandic glaciers and volcanoes on your hike!

Depart from your Reykjavik hotel in a 4x4 jeep that has been specially customized to travel smoothly through Iceland’s rugged terrain, and make your way south to Thorsmork Valley, whose jagged landscape is surrounded by towering canyons and glaciers.

Wind through the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, stopping briefly to take photos at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, before arriving in Basar, a hiking center at the heart of the valley. Listen to a safety briefing and then set off behind your guide at a steady pace. The route is 12 miles long and takes you by Fimmvorouhals Volcano, an active volcano which exploded into being in 2010.

Zigzag up steep trails past craters and cooling lava falls, taking in outstanding views of the highlands. As you walk, hear about the country’s landscape and volcanic activity from the guide. Roughly halfway through the hike, you’ll stop to eat the packed lunch that you brought along with you (own expense).

Your 6-8-hour hike concludes in Basar, after which you’ll ride back to your hotel in the 4x4 jeep.

Please note: The paths are relatively steep and require a good general fitness.

Customer Reviews

Erin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing tour and great guide! Make sure you are dressed properly. You will definitely need a hat, gloves, waterproof pants, waterproof jacket, and good hiking shoes. You do need to be in good physical shape. The views were outstanding. The ride in is kind of bumpy, so you might want to bring some non-drowsy Dramamine if that's an issue for you. This was by far my favorite thing that I did in Iceland!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour!
We culdn't go up to the volcano because of the weather, but the alternative destinations our guide took us to were great and there was a lot to see.
A physically demanding hike, but the sights were worth it.

The jeep ride through the valley was an experience in itself.

Melanie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent hike ! Well organised and terrific guide. I would warn people that this is quite challenging - you must wear proper gear and be ready for deep snow on occasions. But overall it was worth it.

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Simply amazing but not for the faint hearted. Some challenging areas on the way up to the top of the volcano. The scenery is beyond stunning.

Dani T

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

We had an awesome time, but didn and #39;t get to do the entire hike because of time and difficulty level for some. It and #39;s a long and challenging hike, which I enjoyed, but read the small print: you should be in good shape! You might not enjoy it otherwise! Spectacular views beautiful surroundings!

Myron M

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

The Volcano hike is spectacular in views and scenery. It is a very thrilling experience. Billy our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The hike is also very, very physically demanding 20km roundtrip and those who can not do a 20km walk that is uphill should think twice. Also, if you have fear of heights, this is not for you!!!! Some of the walks are very frightening and terrifying if you have vertigo or any fear of high places.

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