A unique and accessible running experience! There are many volcanoes in Iceland that offer great hiking, but Eldfell offers one of the better opportunities to ‘run a volcano’. The island of Heimaey is a 40-minute ferry ride and is a wonderful spot to visit. Eldfell is the result of a huge eruption in 1973 that lasted 6 months and literally added 2.1 km to the island’s surface. The setting is well preserved, with a series of paths that ascend to the summit (about 200 meters), which has great views and some still warm rocks.
The hike is quite runnable, with a gentle, winding slope that ascends about 200 meters over about 2 km. The wide, gravel path is easy to follow, with good interpretive signs. There are some tributary paths and roads in the area if you’d like to add to your run.
- About 2 km each way
- 200 meters (fairly gradual ascent)
- can walk or run from town -- it's less than 1 km