In 2021 Fagradalsfjall Volcano burst into life, purple scorching lava spewing from its crater. In August 2022 a brand new fissure within the Meradalir valley cut up open and it started erupting once more. Right here’s how you can see it.
On Friday, March 19, 2021, at round 8:45 pm, the volcanic space round Fagradalsfjall in southwest Iceland burst into life. Molten lava was thrown spectacularly into the air making a red-yellow sky that might be seen from Reykjavík, 30 miles away. Iceland’s newest eruption had begun and would proceed for five months.
Because the lava cooled, it left behind a volcanic scar sweeping all through the valley.
On August 3, 2022, at 1:18 pm Fagradalsfjall Volcano erupted once more. A fissure simply east of the volcano, within the Meradalir Valley, cut up open and plumes of molten lava had been pressured into the air. Scientists rushed to the eruption web site to evaluate the world and it was declared secure sufficient to open to guests on the morning of Tuesday, August, 9.
The eruption has now ceased however the volcano web site remains to be a terrific place to go to with fascinating hikes to unbelievable viewpoints. Right here’s how you can see the most effective of the Fagradalsfjall Volcano space together with excursions, maps, mountain climbing trails and prompt routes.
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FACTS ABOUT FAGRADALSFJALL VOLCANO
Fagradalsfjall is a flat-topped, steep-sided volcano within the Reykjanes peninsula within the southwest of Iceland. It’s on the coronary heart of a wider volcanic system (additionally known as Fagradalsfjall) which covers an space 5 kilometres large and 16 kilometres lengthy.
The volcano was fashioned within the final ice age however remained dormant for over 800 years till a fissure vent opened in Geldingadalir simply to the south of Fagradalsfjall mountain on March 19, 2021.
Magma was thrown into the air and rivers of molten lava flowed around the mountains and thru the valleys.
The magma was ejected at over 1,300°C (2372°F) and because it cooled, it left behind a volcanic scar; a sweeping river of black, suspended in place because it settled all through the valley. On September 18, 2021 the eruption ceased however not for lengthy.
On August 3, 2022, Fagradalsfjall Volcano erupted once more. A 300-metre-long fissure opened up within the Meradalir Valley, simply east of the earlier eruption.
Plumes of molten magma had been pressured from beneath the bottom and new rivers of molten lava flowed down the valley. For a few days, the eruption web site was checked by scientists then opened to guests once more on the morning of Tuesday, August, 9.
Inside days new paths had fashioned to viewpoints overlooking the eruption web site and excursions started working to the world.
TOURS TO MERADALIR & FAGRADALSFJALL
Excursions to the Meradalir fissure at Fagradalsfjall Volcano are an effective way to see the location, particularly if you’re not driving in Iceland. Most provide a pickup from resorts in Reykjavík and take 6 to eight hours, together with transport to the world and a guided hike to the perspective.
GETTING TO THE FAGRADALSFJALL VOLCANO
If you wish to go to Fagradalsfjall Volcano below your personal steam it’s a 45-minute drive from Keflavik airport or 1 hour from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
To get views of the volcano you will want to hike between half-hour to 2 hours (every manner) on mountain trails to a sequence of viewpoints.
There are 5 completely different viewpoints over Fagradalsfjall Volcano: Stórhóll viewpoint, Meradalir Fissure Viewpoint, Nátthagi viewpoint, Langihryggur viewpoint, and Stóri Hrútur viewpoint.
There are two automotive parks at Fagradalsfjall (open 24 hours a day) and every value 1,000 ISK for twenty-four hours. You’ll be able to pay through the EasyPark App utilizing a credit score or debit card. Money will not be accepted.
HIKES TO THE 2022 FAGRADALSFJALL VOLCANO VIEWPOINTS
There was once a sequence of trails marked A, B or C which circumnavigated the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Nevertheless, the authorities have now closed these paths and redirected them to a brand new sequence of mountain climbing trails round Fagradalsfall.
There are actually 5 viewpoints to hike to at Fagradalsfjall, every giving a novel view of the 2021 and 2022 eruption websites.
1 – STÓRHÓLL VIEWPOINT HIKE
Stórhóll viewpoint will get closest to the black volcanic crater of the 2021 eruption at Geldingadalir. The path to the perspective (Route A) passes proper subsequent to its cooled black lava circulation and the black and yellow sulphurous crater will be seen a few kilometre away.
Beneath, the black lava area nonetheless steams from the residual warmth. However to get to see the brand new eruption web site you’ll want to go a bit additional.
STÓRHÓLL HIKE DETAILS
Closest Park – Automotive Park 1 | Strolling Distance – 2.6 kilometres | Time – 1 hour a method | Issue – Straightforward to medium with 150 metres of ascent
2 – MERADALIR FISSURE VIEWPOINT HIKE
Meradalir Fissure viewpoint is 3 kilometres previous the Stórhóll viewpoint and is the closest viewpoint to the 2022 eruption web site. This the perspective to go to for the most effective views of the brand new eruption, the fissure is simply about 500 meters away.
The eruption is altering on an nearly each day foundation, the most effective thought of what you’ll be able to see from right here is from the Langhöll webcam which is positioned on the mountain simply behind the perspective. However standing right here and watching the eruption is breathtaking.
A tough route of the brand new path to the perspective (an extension to Route A) is supplied on the map on the finish of the publish. Being a brand new route the trail is tough and rocky so put on some sneakers with a great grip. It takes about 4 hours to make the spherical journey stroll. Including an hour to take images, plan on a minimum of 5 hours for the spherical journey.
MERADALIR FISSURE HIKE DETAILS
Closest Park – Automotive Park 1 | Strolling Distance – 5.6 kilometres | Time – 2 hours a method | Issue – Medium with 200 metres of ascent
3 – NÁTTHAGI VIEWPOINT HIKE
Nátthagi viewpoint is correct on the finish of the lava circulation that was created within the 2021 eruption.
Right here you’ll be able to rise up near the rounded glob of stable black lava on the level the place it stopped flowing in the direction of the underside of the valley. It offers the most effective impression of how the lava circulation solidified and got here to a cease.
Though the lava is inside touching distance, you aren’t allowed on the lava as sulphurous gases can nonetheless escape.
NÁTTHAGI HIKE DETAILS
Closest Park – Automotive Park 2 | Distance – 800 metres | Time – quarter-hour a method | Issue – Straightforward with 30 metres of ascent
4 – LANGIHRYGGUR VIEWPOINT HIKE
Langihryggur viewpoint is on the summit of Langihryggur mountain; a dramatic 296-meter-high ridge. It’s larger than the earlier two viewpoints and provides an amazing overview of the whole space.
From right here you get the most effective total impression of the entire web site together with the trail the lava took from the 2021 eruption because it swept over the mountains and down by way of the valleys.
The 2022 eruption will also be seen from Langihryggur viewpoint though it’s about 2.5 kilometres away. To get nearer to the Meradalir fissure head additional alongside the ridge to Stóri Hrútur.
LANGIHRYGGUR HIKE DETAILS
Closest Park – Automotive Park 2 | Distance – 2.5 kilometres | Time – 1 hour a method | Issue – Medium with 250 metres of ascent
5 – STÓRI HRÚTUR VIEWPOINT HIKE
Stóri Hrútur viewpoint is on high of Stóri Hrútur mountain (353 metres) and simply over 1 kilometre additional alongside the ridge from Langihryggur.
Greater and with steeper sides, Stóri Hrútur is only one.5 kilometres away from the 2022 fissure eruption within the Meradalir Valley.
There’s a steep and infrequently slippery and difficult zig-zag path heading up its slope. A neater path heads across the base of the mountain staying nearer to the 2021 lava circulation and providing you with a decrease view over the brand new eruption.
Relying on circumstances you’ll be able to select which path to take from the highest of Langihryggur.
STÓRI HRÚTUR HIKE DETAILS
Closest Park – Automotive Park 2 | Distance – 4 kilometres | Time – 1 hour 40 minutes a method | Issue – Medium – Difficult with 370 metres of ascent
MAP / 2022 FAGRADALSFJALL VOLCANO
Beneath is a map of the 5 completely different viewpoints within the Fagradalsfjall space and how you can hike to them. The Stórhóll and Meridalir viewpoints are in purple, the Nátthagi viewpoint is in black and the Langihryggur viewpoint and Stóri Hrútur viewpoints are in inexperienced.
2022 FAGRADALSFJALL VOLCANO HIKE
Mountaineering to all of the completely different viewpoints would take 6 to eight hours, so select which view you need most.
CLOSEST VIEW OF THE NEW ERUPTION SITE
For a close-up view of the brand new eruption within the Meradalir Valley, park at automotive park 1 and head to the Meradalir Viewpoint through Stórhóll (marked as Route A). Permit 4 to five hours for the return stroll and time to take images of this superb pure phenomenon. Listed below are some ideas to bear in mind when visiting the eruption web site:
- There aren’t any services on the hike so take meals and snacks with you and go to the WC earlier than heading off.
- The trail is rocky and awkward so attempt to put on sneakers with a great grip and (as ever in Iceland) put on waterproofs and heat layers because the climate can change at any time.
- Keep on the marked routes and off the freshly fashioned lava.
- Police and members of the ICE-SAR are on web site providing recommendation and attempting to maintain folks secure. It’s a terrific surroundings however probably harmful so please comply with their directions.
BEST OVERALL VANTAGE POINT
If you wish to see an outline of the whole Falgradalsfjall space, together with the lava flows from 2021, park at automotive park 2 and begin by mountain climbing to Nátthagi viewpoint to get near the outdated stable lava circulation.
Then flip round and head as much as Langihryggur Viewpoint to get an outline of the whole space and see the 2022 eruption from a distance (2.5 kilometres away). Permit 2 hours for the return stroll.
From there you’ll be able to determine whether or not to proceed to Stóri Hrútur which is able to get you 1.5km from the brand new Meradalir Valley eruption (add one other 1 hour and half-hour return) or head again.
WHERE TO STAY?
Fagradalsfjall is only a 45-minute drive from Keflavik airport or 1 hour from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. In probably the most fashionable areas of the nation, there are many lodging choices close by. Listed below are some strategies from us.
HARBOUR VIEW COTTAGES
Harbour View Cottages are self-contained models simply 10 minute’s drive away from Fagradalsfjall and 5 miles from the Blue Lagoon. Every cottage has a fully-equipped kitchen.
NORTHERN LIGHT INN
This lodge has a wellness spa, lounges and a very good restaurant. It’s 5 minutes from the Blue Lagoon with hourly free shuttle buses and really handy to get to Fagradalsfjall.
Resort Borg is a chic Artwork Deco-style lodge within the centre of Reykjavík, proper close to the Laugavegur buying avenue.
LOFT – HI HOSTEL
Loft is a pleasant hostel within the centre of Reykjavík with a bar, roof terrace and eco-friendly credentials. There are non-public bogs or dorm-style quarters.
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