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Lakagígar craters

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The Lakagígar Craters are a group of 130 giant craters in an old volcanic fissure on the southwest side of Vatnajökull. Located in Skaftafell National Park, the craters contain incredible geological formations and fascinating plant and animal life. However, the history of these craters is found in one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in Icelandic history. This eruption, known as the Laki eruption, began in June 1783 and destroyed crops and harmed animals not only in Iceland but across Europe. Nowadays, the eruption is only a distant memory and the Lakagígar Craters are known as a fantastic spot for adventure and exploration.

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The Lakagígar Craters are a row of about 130 craters formed as a result of Iceland’s largest eruption in 1783. Nowadays, the craters are a part of Vatnajökull National park

No, these craters are only accessible during the summer months (June until August). However, it is a good idea to check with our reception staff regarding weather conditions. You can also book a guided tour into these craters with the assistance of our reception staff. 

Distances from Lakagígar Craters

The Lakagígar Craters are located in south Iceland about 64 km (40 miles) from the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

The road to Lakagígar is a gravel F-road and therefore a 4WD jeep is a must. You can also book a guided tour to explore these craters. Contact our reception staff to learn more. 

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