Is it safe to travel to Iceland even with the recent volcanic activity?

Are you considering traveling to Iceland this summer but concerned about the volcanic activity you've been seeing in the news? Indeed, the images of the red-hot lava spewing over the Reykjanes Peninsula, in south-west Iceland has been shocking. And yes, some of the lava reached the village of Grindavik and destroyed some property. 

However, the U.S. state department has not issued any travel warnings for Iceland, and the official news from Icelandic authorities is that it's safe to travel to Iceland.

We've been speaking to our partners at The Blue Lagoon and the Silica Hotel, both of which are located relatively close to the volcano are part of this July's Hiking with Viking Women Retreat package.

They tell us that all of their facilities are fully open at the moment and that conditions are perfectly safe for travel there currently. This is also good news for those going on August's Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat, since the two-day Blue Lagoon extension package includes a stay at the luxurious Silica Hotel, dinner in the Lava Dining Room and Comfort Package at the Blue Lagoon.

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Will flights to and from Iceland be affected by the volcano? 

The short answer is no.

This recent volcanic activity is nothing like the one that erupted in 2010 at Eyjafjallajokull volcano that spread so much ash and particles into the atmosphere that commercial flights across Europe were halted for almost a week. The good news is that the Grindavik volcano's activity is entirely underground, not under a glacier, which means that there is no debris cloud to disrupt flights. 

Will travel insurance cover me if my travels to Iceland are affected by volcanic activity? 

Most likely, yes. While it's unlikely that any flights will be disrupted specifically by the volcano, unexpected travel delays can occur, which is why we recommend travel insurance for all our retreat guests. We recommend our partners Travel Guard and Wanderwell because of the comprehensive travel insurance coverage they offer. Learn more about retreat travel insurance here:

So if you're considering traveling to Iceland this summer, now's the time to lock in your travel plans. It's never been safer for Americans to travel to Iceland, so we're pleased to offer two amazing retreats there in summer 2024:

Extend Your Stay in Iceland with One of these Packages

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2-Night Snæfellsnes Peninsula Tour

Explore more of Iceland's otherworldly landscape and stay in a boutique hotel just off Reykjavik’s main shopping street. At the enchanting Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you'll walk across black-sand beaches surrounded by sea cliffs and charming villages. Watch the roaring ocean waves as you reflect on your recent experiences before you enjoy an evening spa or explore the city center.

3-Night South Coast Tour

This experience includes visits to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, walking the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, cruising through blue ice formations in Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, and exploring the Katla Ice Cave. 

Blue Lagoon Pre-Retreat Wellness Package

At this exclusive geothermal paradise away from the crowds, you'll enjoy savory culinary creations of the Lava Restaurant and relaxing hospitality of the Silica Hotel, situated in the enchanting beauty of Grindavik's surreal volcanic landscape.
Included are visits to the Silica Lagoon (for hotel guests only), as well as the main Blue Lagoon.

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2-Night Icelandic Horseback Riding and Caving

If you're feeling adventurous, this package includes two exciting opportunities: Icelandic horseback riding in the countryside surrounding Mt. Helgafell and lava-caving exploration at the famous Raufarhólshellir lava tube.

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