Information about Kerið

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes, South Iceland.Photo from Minibus tour of the Golden Circle | The Classic Sites and Kerid Crater.

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes, South Iceland, and makes for a fantastic, if not alternative stop along Iceland’s world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route. 

Kerið is normally visited as an extra, alongside the major stops, Thingvellir National Park, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley and Gullfoss waterfall. Kerið is approximately 3000 years old, making it approximately half the age of most volcanic calderas found in Iceland. This is the major reason as to why Kerið’s slopes are red in colour, rather than a volcanic black.  

Scientists believe that Kerið was once a cone-shaped volcano. Upon eruption, it is widely agreed that the volcano depleted its magma reserve, causing the foundation to fall in upon itself. 

Later, the indent in the landscape would become filled with water, hence the “crater lake”. There are a number of crater lakes to be found in this area, a region known as Iceland's Western Volcanic Zone.

Kerið is approximately 55 m deep, 170 m wide and 270 m in circumference, with little vegetation on the caldera’s slopes. Visitors can choose to view the lake from the top or from the bottom, though they will have to pay a 400 ISK admission fee to the landowners. Most travellers here instantly note the lake’s vivid aquamarine colour, as well as the stark contrasts between the surrounding slopes and vegetation. 

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