Mt. Hekla Volcano - Hotel Rangá - Luxury Hotel in South Iceland


Mt. Hekla Volcano

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Drive from hotel

1.5 hrs


4×4 Car



Mount Hekla is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. Visible from Hotel Rangá’s front door, Hekla is an active volcano which last erupted in 2000. At 1491 m (4892 ft), Mount Hekla towers above the surrounding landscape. Hekla’s history is filled with serious eruptions that caused much harm, not only in Iceland but across Europe. That’s right – the volcanic ash resulting from some of Hekla’s eruptions was so great in scope that it affected European weather and agriculture. Nowadays, Hekla is considered a safe place to visit, though it is recommended that you check the meteorological office’s website before your trip. Mount Hekla is active and overdue for an eruption – so while it is highly unlikely that it will erupt during your stay, it is good to be aware. It is also a great idea to book a guided tour of the area by contacting the Hotel Rangá reception.

FAQ about Mt. Hekla Volcano


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Hekla has erupted approximately every 10 years for past century. Hekla last erupted in 2000; therefore, she is due for an epic eruption any day now!

It is not recommended that you visit the top of Mount Hekla unless you are an experienced hiker. You can also book a guided tour to visit Hekla by contacting the Hotel Rangá reception.
Yes, there is a local tour operator that offers a skiing tour on Mount Hekla. Contact the Hotel Rangá reception to book this tour.

Distances from Mt. Hekla Volcano

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It takes about an hour and a half to drive to Hekla from Hotel Rangá. However, you can only access Hotel Rangá in a 4×4 vehicle when you reach gravel road 26. 

It takes about two and a half hours to drive to Hekla from Reykjavík. However, please be aware that you can only access Mount Hekla via a 4×4 vehicle. 

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