You need to bring your phone. For a previous eruption we made a free map you can download on your phone and use offline once you get to the eruption site. The map shows parking, the older trails and your location.
Once you have installed the app. You can get the map for free from here.
Downloading a map is important. Fog can roll in quickly at Reykjanes and a lot of people have gotten lost in the fog or during the night so far.
With the map on your phone you will always be able to find your way back to the track.
Both the app and the map are free of charge. We have made a new map with the updated paths. We expect it to bee approved and available soon!
Hiking to the volcano is more complex than a typical trail. It requires detailed preparation, appropriate attire, and close monitoring of environmental conditions.
This page is designed to equip you with all the essential information you'll need when planning a trek towards the volcano.
By adhering to these guidelines, you'll not only decrease your own risk of accidents but also contribute to the overall safety of the region, easing the pressure on local rescue teams.
In the event of an emergency, remember to always call the emergency number: 112.
In Iceland, we follow a three-layer system for hiking attire. This includes a base layer for wicking moisture, a mid layer to retain warmth, and an outer layer to shield you from the elements.
The primary function of the base layer is to pull sweat away from your body, keeping you dry and warm.
Choose a base layer made of synthetic materials or wool. Synthetic materials are water-resistant and quick-drying, while wool excels at absorbing moisture and keeping it away from your skin. Besides, wool is quick-drying and offers excellent insulation.
Avoid cotton for your base layer or any other layer. Cotton absorbs moisture and retains it close to your skin, which can make you feel cold and damp. Additionally, it takes a long time to dry and offers low insulation.
Many Icelanders prefer wool for their base layer due to its superior insulating properties, but synthetic materials can also be suitable, particularly in the summer.
The role of the mid layer is to provide warmth by trapping air, which insulates you and helps maintain body heat.
Fleece, synthetic insulated materials, down, or wool make ideal mid layers. If the weather is particularly cold, opt for a thicker mid layer or even wear multiple mid layers for extra warmth.
The outer layer's function is to protect you from the elements, including wind and rain. Ensure your outer layer is breathable, allowing sweat to escape while preventing rain from seeping in. High-quality, breathable options often carry labels like Gore-Tex or Windstopper.
Don't forget the hiking-specific socks, as well as hats and gloves designed for cold weather.
It's sometimes not neccesary to wear your mid or outer layers at all times during your hike, but you should always have all three layers with you. The weather in Iceland is known for its quick and frequent changes. Therefore, being prepared for any sudden weather shifts or hikes lasting longer than planned is crucial.
Finally, appropriate footwear is essential. For hikes to the eruption, opt for hiking boots with sturdy ankle support to navigate the uneven trails and prevent common ankle injuries. While good hiking boots may be a significant investment, it's possible to rent a pair in Reykjavík if needed.
Trail mix and some snacks will help you while doing the hike. Take at least 1 liter of water for each person. There are no rivers or streams along the way and all surface water can be polluted by volcanic materials.
You cannot purchase food or drinks along the trail. You will have to carry all your trash with you back to the car park.
Sometimes there are food trucks at the parking, but do not count on those when planning your hike. There are grocery stores in Grindavík.