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Krafla (Iceland)

Practical information on Krafla

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Volcano
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
10.5 ml from Myvatn by car
When to go
Between May and September
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Krafla

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

Krafla caldera is a volcanic site that is amazing for hiking with a large variety of geothermal phenomena to admire.

My suggestion:
As the snow tends to stay a long time in the surroundings in particular in May/June, bring along solid shoes and a spare pair of socks if you are hiking hereabouts.
My review

A few miles from Myvatn, Krafla caldera is one of the main spots for hiking. If you cannot see the caldera straight away, you catch a glimpse of the volcanic activity through the craters, the lava and the solfataras visible on the ground. 

You need a car to get as close to Krafla as possible from Myvatn and once on the spot, there is a choice of several paths. I have hiked in the surrounding area several times and it is possible to see different things and to take different itineraries.

For hiking enthusiasts, the walks can last from 1 to 2 hours to all day long depending on how far you go. It is fairly flat but uneven because of the rift. The Leirhnjukur course in particular, which passes through lava fields that are still warm in parts, is one of the most reputed itineraries.

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