Information about Eldhraun

The vast Eldhraun lava field (“Fire Lava“), in the south of the Icelandic highlands was created in one of the greatest eruptions in recorded history and is of the largest of its kind in the world. The Lakagigar craters were also created during this eruption.

This eruption lasted from 1783 to 1784 and is known as the Skaftareldar (The skafta River Fires). This was a cataclysmic event for Iceland and beyond. In Iceland it lead to diease, crop failure and disasters.

The eruption affected Europe as well. In Great Britain, that summer known as the Sand-Summer in Great Britain due to the fallout of ash and it is believed that the airborne haze and blocking of sunlight may have contributed to the French Revolution.

Despite the abysmal effect the eruption had, this lava field of 565 km2 is today one of the most stunningly attractive ones in Iceland.

The Eldhraun lava field in the Icelandic highlands

The area features one of the most magnificent lava tube systems in the country, located north of the Lake Laufbalavatn. More than 200 caves have been found there, extending for more than five kilometers and 14 cu. meters.

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Attractions nearby Eldhraun

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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Myrdalssandur

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Eldgjá

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Lakagigar

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South Iceland

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Katla

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Strútslaug

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Lomagnupur

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Katla volcano

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Mýrdalsjökull

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South Coast

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Vík i Mýrdal

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Bláfjöll

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Reynisdrangar

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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

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Iceland's coasts

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Bláhnjúkur

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Landmannalaugar

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Breiðbakur

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Tours near Eldhraun

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South Coast Adventure | 2 Day Tour with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike

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