Fagradalsfjall

Reykjanes Peninsula , Iceland
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One of our newest member of active-but-dormant volcanos in Iceland. In March 2021, a fissure opened for the first time in 800 years at Reykjanes peninsula and again in August 2022. What is unique about this new lava field is the closeness to the capital and other towns in Iceland and pretty easy access. The eruption of Fagradalsfjall volcano has created a spectacular scene, where melted lava flowed down steep mountain slopes and formed a vast field of blackened rocks and hardened magma surrounded by green hills and deserted tundra. The contrasts in this magnificent place are awesome, to say the least, and truly a visual spectacle.

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Accessibility

The three parking lots are close to the main road and accessible for all cars. The hiking trails are meant for pedestrians and mountain rescue vehicles. With a 4-wheeler, super jeep or other specialized cars, you could be driven to the lava field with equipment. The hiking trails lead to various viewpoints and vary from 800 meters from the parking lot to 3.5 kilometres.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
4x4 required
Challenging terrain accessible only by off-road vehicles with high ground clearance
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Guide recommended
Guidance is suggested, but not required

Services nearby

Only 15 minutes from Grindavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are nearby. Nearest hospital is in Keflavík, 35 km away.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 30 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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This area needs a three-way permit. If you need a car to drive you closer to the volcano field, you need permission from the park rangers to do so. The mountain rescue squad in the area is very knowledgeable regarding the site and would be an asset for your production. Lava fields in Iceland are protected by law so trampling, breaking or interfering with the newly formed lava is forbidden.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
This location is on UNESCO Global Geopark list
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

There are three major parking lots close to the hiking trail to the lava field. No facilities at this location. With the right permit and cooperation from park rangers and the mountain rescue team, you could transport equipment all the way to the lava field. Phone coverage is excellent at this location.

Risk factors

The hikes to various viewpoints range from easy to difficult and are 800 meters to 3.5 kilometres long. Make sure you bring water and provisions for the journey. Even if the hardened lava feels cool and looks safe, below the crust lava can remain dangerously hot for months. It tends to crumble underfoot, making it slippery and treacherous walking. The area is an active volcano site that could erupt with little notice.

Visitors

This location is a medium tourist attraction where visitors tend to stay for a longer time, hiking various trails. Park rangers and mountain rescue teams are on site and could be hired for assistance if needed.

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