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 of geothermal energy used by Kröfluvirkjun, 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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Námaskarð

Námaskarð Pass is a geothermal area on the mountain Námafjall, in north Iceland, less than half an hour’s drive from Lake M&...

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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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Mývatn Nature Baths

Photo from Goðafoss Waterfall and the Mývatn Nature Baths The Mývatn Nature Baths are a set of geothermally heated pools and steam ...

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Bjarnarflag

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by LV Corporate Bjarnarflag is the oldest geothermal power station in Iceland, having been first open...

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Mývatn

Mývatn is a beautiful lake with many small islands in the north of Iceland, the fourth largest lake in the country. Due to its serenity, bird...

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Stóragjá

Stóragjá is a little-known rift in north Iceland which holds cave filled with naturally-heated geothermal water. Found next to the vill...

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Grjótagjá

Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras Grjótagjá is a small lava cave located near lake Mývatn in north Iceland, famous for fe...

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Hverfjall

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Tong Hverfjall is a tuff ring volcano with an incredibly impressive crater, approximately one kilo...

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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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Diamond Circle

The Diamond Circle is a famed 260-kilometre sightseeing route in the northeast of Iceland, characterised by its sheer number of natural attractions,...

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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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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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Dettifoss

Dettifoss is a waterfall found in North Iceland, said to be the most powerful in Europe. It is regularly visited on Diamond Circle tours and should ...

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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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Tours near Krafla

8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

Book now and secure yourself eight days and 7 nights in the land of ice and fire. This road trip......

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7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

Jump aboard this seven-day guided tour all around the circle of Iceland. If you want to see and......

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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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10 Day Summer Package | Reykjavik, Akureyri & Icelandic Nature

Join this exciting 10-day summer vacation package and discover for yourself the sheer wealth of......

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Wilderness Lava Walk | Lake Mývatn & Krafla Volcano

Immerse yourself in the incredible wilderness of the Lake Mývatn area by exploring the mystical......

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Iceland Midnight Sun Photography Workshop

Bring your photography skills to higher levels by joining this 12-day summer workshop chasing......

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Diamond Circle Flying Tour in North Iceland

Fly above north Iceland’s most incredible sites, with this flightseeing tour of the Diamond......

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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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Snowmobile tour from Lake Myvatn

Riding a snowmobile on a frozen lake or in a recently erupted volcanic area is an experience......

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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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10-Day Untouched Tour | Circle of Iceland with Glacier Hiking & Ice Caving

Come on an adventure of a lifetime and circle the entire island of ice and fire with this 10-day......

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Highlights of the North Tour | Departure from Akureyri

Join this fun-filled tour to see waterfalls, geothermal areas, mountains, valleys and lakes. The......

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Lake Myvatn Sightseeing Day Tour

Enjoy the sites of Mývatn in north Iceland, with this excellent day tour. This is a perfect......

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