The Genesis at Holuhraun
A Hawaiian-type volcanic eruption started from a fissure in late August 2014, just 10 kilometres north of glacier Vatnajökull in Iceland. The magma source belongs to the depths of central volcano Bardarbunga, one of the largest on earth.
In the beginning of 2015 the lava field has become over 80 square kilometres and over 1 cubic kilometre, which makes it the largest lava field formed on earth since Eldhraun, south-west of Vatnajokull, in 1783 – 1784.
This new lava field is named Nornahraun (Witch Lava Field) and the larger crater is named Baugur (Ring). No one knows for how long this eruption will last.
So there is no way to say if it will still be erupting in the summer of 2015.
This tour takes you to this immense and still warm lava field and, if the eruption hasn’t stopped before next summer, we will come as close to the eruption as safety allows. Most likely there will not be any eruption and then we will hike on this huge, new, warm lava field. We hope to hike around the largest crater, explore the area and search for lava tubes.
On our first day we will explore the geothermal and hiking area of Landmannalaugar, with its colorful mountains. We’ll have the chance to bathe in the natural thermal pool before we continue into the highlands of Sprengisandur. We’ll be accommodated in a mountain hut in Nýidalur.
Holuhraun Eruption Site
Today is a volcano day. The Icelandic nature is full of surprises, and this tour is all about them. As we write these lines, there’s a volcanic eruption going on at full pace in this area. There are “old” and brand new craters on our route.
The forces of nature have been redecorating the area during the winter. This is a new surface for our old planet. We will feel like Mars explorers as we drive around and discover the new grounds.
We travel back to Reykjavik with stops at great scenic sites, both in the highland and on the lowland. On a good day we can savour the sight of having glaciers all around us and the view to the central volcano Bardarbunga.
Among the stops are Bruarhlod, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal field and Thingvellir National Park.
We reach Reykjavik late in the evening.
How does the eruption affect the tour itinerary?
We will get as close to the eruption as we are allowed. If the eruption has discontinued by the time of our tour (which is very likely) then we might be able to come even closer to the crater.
Needless to say, the locations on our highland route are to be open during the summer, and of course, both Landmannalaugar and the Golden Circle attractions are reachable without major issues.
9:00 at your hotel in Reykjavik
Sleeping bags in a mountain lodge
Pick up & drop off, transport in a super jeep, sleeping bag accommodation in a mountain lodge (sleeping bag included) and meals
Dinner on day 1 and 2, breakfast on day 2 and 3 and lunch on day 2
Bring with you
Bathing suit & towel, and hiking shoes
Monday departures ~ from mid July – August
3 days / 2 nights