The UK’s leading Iceland travel specialist, Discover the World, has launched an exciting range of tailor made Bárðarbunga Eruption Special trips offering intrepid travellers the chance to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events, a volcanic eruption. 

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With viewing options from both the ground and air, the tailor made trips give clients the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of this fascinating geological phenomenon.  

Activity was initially detected at the Bárðarbunga volcanic system at the end of August. One of the largest of its kind in Iceland, Bárðarbunga forms the north-western part of Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull.  The current fissure eruption started on 31 August and is located at Holuhraun north of the Dyngjujökull glacier. 

Volcanic Explorer - Bárðarbunga Eruption Special - 5 nights from £574pp

Based on Discover the World’s popular ‘Volcanic Explorer’ holiday, this 5-night self-drive tour includes optional excursions to view the eruption site from both the ground and air whilst taking in a few of Iceland’s more predictable, but no less awe inspiring natural attractions such as the Golden Circle and the impressive waterfalls and magnificent glaciers of the south coast. 

Bardarbunga Glacier Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

From £574pp (twin share) including 5 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and vehicle rental.  Optional excursions: Sightseeing flight from Reykjavik (from £568pp – min. 2 participants); guided Superjeep excursion from £167pp (6-10 hours).

The 5-night itinerary is fully flexible and can be tailored to fit the clients’ preferences and requirements. Shorter 3-night break options are also available priced from £258pp. Prices exclude international flights and volcano excursions.  Discover the World offers all airline options flying to Iceland from 8 different airports located across the UK.  Airfares start from around £212 per person return (including tax) with WOW Air from London Gatwick.

Hotel Highland - Bárðarbunga Eruption Special - 3 nights from £328pp

This self-drive itinerary is based at Hotel Highland, which is located at the edge of Iceland’s most impressive and active volcanic area and the nearest accessible accommodation to the eruption zone.  As well as experiencing the rugged and dramatic Iceland interior, you may also have time to visit the Geysir geothermal region and the therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon. 

Eyjafjalljokull ash cloud Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

From £328pp including 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and vehicle rental.  Optional Superjeep excursion to a viewing point to see the eruption - from £167pp.

Reykjavik City Break - Bárðarbunga Eruption Special – 3 nights from £258pp

Reykjavik is compact, cosmopolitan and the ideal base to discover the wealth of natural wonders on its doorstep.  Being just a 3 hour flight from the UK, it's a great place for a weekend getaway at any time of year. 

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3-nights based at Hotel Arnarhvoll with breakfast and including airport transfers from £258pp.  Optional sightseeing flight to see the eruption from £568pp (minimum 2 participants).

Arctic City Break - Bárðarbunga Eruption Special – 3 nights from £470pp

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Head north to Iceland's second city, Akureyri.  Beautifully situated on the shores of Eyjafjordur, this small and charming city is a fantastic alternative to Reykjavik boasting a good selection of restaurants and bars, an attractive historic centre and many of the features of a town ten times its size. It is also the perfect gateway to the natural attractions that this part of Iceland is renowned for, including Lake Myvatn. 

Optional sightseeing flight to see the eruption from £212pp (minimum 2 participants). 

Volcano Hotline

Discover the World has extensive experience of sending clients to witness tourist eruptions in Iceland with hundreds signed up to their Volcano Hotline where they can access the latest information on volcanic activity in the area and details of potential last minute trips. This was extremely popular during the Fimmvorduhals eruption in 2010, which is part of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, but was the ‘tourist’ eruption before the major one that closed airspaces.  Discover the World took about 300 clients to witness it within 3 days of the eruption – and some within 24 hours. 

Tourist Eruptions

Volcanic eruptions occur every 4 -5 years in Iceland.  The Icelanders are therefore amongst the best in the world at successfully living with active volcanoes.  Their well-rehearsed emergency services have a number of sophisticated, safety management procedures in place and in most cases, only a small area may be closed off to visitors depending on what stage it is at and where it takes place.  Discover the World is in constant contact with various operators and experts in Iceland including the acclaimed geologist, volcanologist and author Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, and only offers eruption tours when it is considered safe and logistically possible to do so.

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