Meradalir Volcano

By Aashima

Meradalir Volcano is a magnificent site to explore. 

The recent eruption in August 2022 has ignited a flame in the hearts of adventure lovers to hike to Meradalir Volcano and see the recent lava formation and volcanic craters.

Explore the masterpiece made by the natural forces that emerged from within the earth with the Meradalir Valley Volcano Tour.

The volcano’s recent eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula has developed a fascinating lava field whose breathtaking view is something never seen before.

The thrill you experience when you see the grandeur of a volcano and its surroundings on the Meradalir Volcano hike is memorable.

You may be wondering if it is safe to visit.

The answer is that it is entirely safe. The volcano is not active, and you can explore the stunning beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Plan your visit to Meradalir Volcano Iceland, and embrace the beauty of freshly formed lava fields.

Meradalir Volcano Map

How to get to Meradalir Volcano and Parking

This stunning site is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, close to Grindavik, approximately 19 miles (30 km) from Reykjavik.

By Car

By Car
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This is an hour’s drive from the capital city of Reykjavik.

The nearest town to this location is Grindavik, only 10 minutes drive away.

Also, the nearest international airport is Keflavik, which is only 30 minutes away from Meradalir Volcano.

It is also easily accessible from the Blue Lagoon.

By Bus and Tour: 

The pre-decided pick-up locations for the Meradalir Volcano Eruption Site also help you arrive at the attraction.

Next to the starting point of the hike, you can find parking.

You can also explore the nearby locations, which include Reykjanes Peninsula and Fagradalsfjall Volcano.

Distance of the eruption site and the parking area

The eruption site is far from the parking area. But you can cover that in 2 hours one way.

Although half of the route is rugged and rocky, you may find it slightly challenging. However, the other half is easy and smooth.

If we talk about the distance, the hike is about 7.5–9 miles (12–14 km) back and forth.

But it is a rewarding experience and can be done quickly by those used to hiking.

How to prepare for the hike?

You must fully know the risks and instructions for a safe hike.

We highly recommend that you carry the following essential items:

  • Flashlight or headlight (if you are planning to hike in the evening or early morning)
  • Good hiking boots
  • Water bottles
  • Hot beverages 
  • Warm clothes: it is highly advisable to have an outer layer of waterproof clothes
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Carry extra clothes in the backpack
  • Some food or snacks
  • Trash bags! Keep the fantastic site clean

Please Note: Children under 12 are not allowed for this activity.

Have an adventurous hike!

FAQs

Is the Meradalir Volcano still active?

No, the Meradalir Volcano is no longer active. The eruption ended on August 21, 2022, after 18 days. 

It is not expected to erupt again in the near future. 

However, please note that the Reykjanes Volcanic Belt is an active volcanic system.

Can anyone visit the Meradalir Volcano?

Children under 12 are not allowed. Since this is a long hike, it is also unsuitable for people with mobility impairments.

Can we visit the Meradalir Volcano at any time?

It would be advisable to check the weather forecast before starting the hike. Bad weather conditions can spoil your trip.

You should dress appropriately if there is a chance of rain or snow.

Is a guide necessary to visit Meradalir Volcano?

It is not compulsory to have a guide, but an experienced guide makes your hike safer and more enjoyable by choosing the best hiking trails. 

We recommend you opt for a Meradalir Volcano tour for the best hiking experience.

Featured Image: Nationalgeographic.com

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Aashima is an avid traveler who seeks out thrills and lives a simple, peaceful life. Bright clear skies are her calling.

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