On 19th March 2021, a volcanic eruption started just outside Reykjavik which is located just 30km from our partner's main stables. The volcano, Fagradalsfjall (which translates to the "mountain of the beautiful valley") had been dormant for over 6000 years and this was the first eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula in 800 years. The unexpected eruption produced enormous amounts of lava which flowed through the valleys and mountains, eventually coming to a (temporary?) end almost as abruptly as it started, in mid-September 2021.
Time will tell whether the Fagragalsfjall volcano will remain dormant for another 6000 years or start to erupt again soon, but exploring these fresh lava fields in Iceland, and the surrounding area of the volcano, is sure to make for an unforgettable experience. Whilst you will not ride to the crater itself as it's surrounded by kilometres of impassable lava, you will explore the surrounding areas which are filled with interesting geological activity such as bubbling mud pools, hot springs and colours and scenery which seem out of this world.
The best way to experience these sites is, of course, on the back of an Icelandic horse which has evolved to traverse these landscapes with ease. There is also an optional hike to the volcano for those who are interested in seeing the crater first hand.