Kerið Crater

Drive from hotel

45 min





Kerið Crater is what remains from an old volcanic eruption about 3000 years ago. Over the years, the crater has filled with water to become a lake. The water has a greenish hue which creates a beautiful contrast to the reddish volcaic rock that surrounds the lake. There is a path not only around the rim of the crater but also down to the water´s edge. Kerið Crater is 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide and 270 m (890 ft) across. The steep circular slopes that surround the lake can be said to resemble an ancient ampitheteater. In fact, once a rock band performed on a floating raft in the center of Kerið Crater!

FAQ about Kerið Crater

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Yes! The Kerið crater is located just off road 35 and is accessible all year round. Of course, it is a good idea to check the weather before your visit to Kerið Crater.

This volcanic crater lake is located in the Grímsnes area not far from the city of Selfoss on the Golden Circle route.

Distances from Kerið Crater

Kerið Crater is approximately 70 km (44 miles) from Reykjavík. It takes about 1 hour to drive from Reykjavík to the crater lake.

The crater lake is located very close to Hotel Rangá – only about 45 minutes away. Kerið Crater is a great place to stop if you are driving around the Golden Circle.

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