Eyjafjallajökull Hike

The Great Volcano

About the tour

Put on your hiking boots and join us on beautiful hike on top of the glacier covered volcano Eyjafjallajökull. This volcano is based on the south coast of Iceland so this is perfect for a day trip from Reykjavík. Eyjafjallajökull stretches 1,651meters above sea level and is one of the most beautiful glaciers in Iceland. This is a great opportunity to explore the high volcano and the beauty of Icelandic nature.

Starting from Seljavallalaug (the old swimming pool) we are going to give you some glacier gear that you need later. The hike starts by going up to the small mountain and follow an old trek, mostly gravel and moss. The beginning of the hike is steep but after every hill there is a small flat place to rest. Best part about this hike is that you don’t need to bring a lot of water with you due to small water streams on the way.

When we are at the base of the glacier we eat some lunch and gear up for the ice. Our guides are going to teach you how to put on harnesses, crampons and how to use them. We also need to rope up, we do this to be safe on the glacier. From the edge of the glacier we hike a good ice slope to the summit.

After this ice slope we get to a flat glacier, on clear days you can see the caldera on the glacier. The true summit is Hámundur 1651m that take us 30-50 minutes to climb/hike. This is a nice place for some photos, have some food and water before the hike down. We are going to take the same trek back down to the car.

When we get back down you can take a dip into the swimming pool and have a beer.

Eyjafjallajökull (English Island Mountain Glacier, is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, north of Skógar and west of Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1,651 meters (5,390 ft). The volcano has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010


Duration / Walking: 8-10 hour

Ascent: 1900 meters

Distance: 15km

Level of difficulty: 4/5

Age Min: 13 years

Pax: min 2pax – max 6pax

Time of year: mai – june

Meet on location: Seljavallarlaug: Gps: 63.566401°N, -19.609137°V

Meeting time:  8:00



We provide:

  • Glacier gear
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ropes
  • Carabiners
  • Harness
  • Local Glacier guide

You Bring:

  • Warm cloths:
    • Rain gear pants and jacket
    • Down or primaloft jacket (can be nice on lunch brake)
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Hat and gloves
  • 30-40L  backpack
  • Food and water for the day
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles (not required)

You can rent some of this gear from us if you don’t have it.

About the weather in Iceland
Weather in Iceland can change fast so if the weather is not good for this hike day we may have to cancel this trip or we can move the hike to the next day if that is better.


Contact us if you have any questions: info@northiceexpeditions.is