Information about Krafla

Krafla is a caldera ca. 10-15 km north of Lake Myvatn in North Iceland.

The diameter of the volcano is 10 km and it has a fissure zone of 90 km. Its highest peak is 818 m. It has had 29 reported eruptions in recorded history. Since 1977 the area has been a source for geothermal energy used by a 60 MWe power station. 

By Krafla is the explosion crater Viti ('Hell'!) formed in the massive Krafla eruption of 1724-9, i.e. the Myvatnseldar ('The Myvatn Fires'). This crater has a diameter of around 300 meters and features an aqua blue lake.

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Attractions nearby Krafla

Leirhnjúkur

  Leirhnjukur ('Mud Peak') is a 525 m high active volcano, located to the northeast of Lake Myvatn in North Iceland. Leirhnjukur is pa...

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Víti in Krafla

Viti (meaning 'Hell') in Krafla is an explosion crater. It is one of the two most famous Viti craters in Iceland, the other being Viti in Askj...

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Námafjall geothermal area

The Namafjall geothermal field is located in Northeast Iceland, on the east side of Lake Myvatn.  At this area, also known as Hverir, you may se...

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Reykjahlíð

  Reykjahlid is a small village by the shores of Lake Myvatn, in North Iceland. Reykjahlid has about 300 inhabitants and is close to many natu...

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Grjótagjá

Grjótagjá is a small lava cave located near lake Mývatn. It features a geothermal hot spring inside. Grjótagj&á...

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Hverfell

Hverfell is an explosion crater on the east side of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland and is one of the largest explosion craters in the world. ...

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Gjástykki

  Gjastykki is a beautiful and rugged rift valley to the north of the caldera Krafla, in the north of Iceland. Gjastykki was literally blown ap...

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Dimmuborgir

Dimmuborgir (e. ‘Black Forts') is a large area of chaotic lava, situated right east of Lake Myvatn, in North Iceland. With its dramatic view...

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Mývatn

  Myvatn is a beautiful lake with many small islands in the north of Iceland, the fourth largest lake in the country. Along with its surrou...

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Lofthellir

Lofthellir is a lava cave in North Iceland, situated in the lava field of older Laxardalshraun. The Lofthellir lava cave is renowned for having some ...

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Hvannfell

  Hvannfell is a mountain in Sudur-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. The mountain is located near the famous Lake Myvatn. The Burfellshr...

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Jökulsárgljúfur

  Jokulsargljufur is a preservation area and former National Park which became part of Vatnajokull National Park in 2008. It derives its name fr...

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Lúdentarborgir

Ludentarborgir is a crater row east of Lake Myvatn, about 15 meters long. These craters take their name from the explosion crater Ludent, to the...

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Selfoss (waterfall)

Selfoss is a beautiful waterfall in the river Jokulsa a Fjollum in North Iceland. Selfoss belongs to the Jokulsargljufur preservation area, with its ...

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Dettifoss

  Dettifoss, in the glacier river Jokulsa á Fjollum, flowing from the glacier Vatnajokull, is reputed to be the most powerful waterf...

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Hafragilsfoss

  Downstream of Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, is another major waterfall, the thunderous Hafragilsfoss. Like Dettifoss, Hafr...

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Skútustaðagígar

The Skutustadagigar are pseudocraters at the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. The craters were formed by steam explosions, when boiling lava flowed ove...

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Hljóðaklettar

Hljodaklettar (‘Echo Rocks’) is a distintive cluster of columnar rock formations, located by Jokulsargljufur in Vatnajokull National Park....

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Ásbyrgi

Ásbyrgi Canyon is a horseshoe-shaped depression in the northeast of Iceland, found only fifty miles east of Húsavík along the p...

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Nesgjá

Nesgja is a fresh water fissure in North Iceland, close to Husavik and Asbyrgi. It is one of Iceland‘s top dives.    As with the Silf...

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Tours near Krafla

Iceland Midnight Sun Photography Workshops

Join this 12 day photo workshop around Iceland where we will be photographing varied and amazing......

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Lake Myvatn, the Nature Baths, and Whale Watching | Departures from Akureyri and Reykjavík

Immerse yourself in North Iceland, with a combo trip to see the wonders of Lake Mývatn and the......

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Wilderness Lava Walk from Lake Mývatn

A small group tour exploring the Krafla lava fields, created by the massive volcanic eruptions......

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Private Lake Myvatn Day Tour

Marvel over the diverse wonders of the lake Mývatn region on this private day tour. Where you......

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Krafla Wilderness Walk from Akureyri

Hike across the unique, haunting and dramatic Krafla lava fields, and witness firsthand......

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Myvatn Tour

For this tour, we'll meet you at your hotel, guesthouse, cruise ship or at the Akureyri......

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12 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road of Iceland with the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of Iceland in winter, on this 12-day self-drive tour......

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