Frequently asked questions
It’s important to be well informed before hiking to the eruption site at Geldingadalir on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Here are some frequently asked questions that we venture to answer.
This list is by no means exhaustive and will be updated when needed.
In theory, yes. However, it’s a very challenging hike and the weather can change rapidly. Be prepared for the hike to take longer than you planned and make sure to bring a lot of water and snacks.
It is strongly advised not to take dogs or other pets to the eruption area. Fluorine and gas pollution in the area is not safe for them.
No, you may certainly not. All hikers must be off site at 10 PM every night.
No, off road driving is illegal. This applies to all motor vehicles, such as ATVs, six-wheelers, motorcycles.
Yes, you can. But that can be forbidden with short notice if scientists need to fly over the area. Drone operators are encouraged to monitor notices published on the website of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management – almannavarnir.is.
No, of course not! What sort of a question is that? Please be mindful and respect nature.
No – finish your quarantine and then you can visit the site.
Seriously?! No, you cannot because it can be a few hundred degrees hot. Be careful!
Absolutely not! You need special gas masks to protect you from the pollution.
Gas pollution is not visible and cannot be detected by scent. Gas can disperse from the smoke cloud and pollution can increase rapidly in an area. Gas pollution is strongest close to the area and can lurk in valleys and dells where it is particularly dangerous. People must always turn downwind. This means that people must have the wind in their back when walking towards the eruption site and go against the wind when walking back. Gas pollution is not visible and does not necessarily follow the visible gas cloud in the area. If you experience the slightest symptoms of health problems, you should immediately leave the area with the wind against you. Gas pollution can be odorless and it is, therefore, difficult avoid it.
The telephone connection in the area is bad and it can therefore be difficult to call for help if needed. Carry a positioning device and leave your travel plan with safetravel.is.
ICE-SAR, the Icelandic search and rescue team, or the Icelandic police. If you can’t find a member of ICE-SAR or the police on site try contacting 112, the emergency phone line.