Information about Lakagígar

Lakagígar, in the south of the Icelandic highlands, is a row of craters, formed during one of the largest eruptions in recorded history, known as the fires of the River Skafta, or ‘Skaftareldar’ in Icelandic. The area has some of the most stunningly attractive landscapes in Iceland.

The majority of the craters are today covered in moss.The total area of the lava field is 565 km² and the estimated volume of volcanic material is over 12 km². The Skaftáreldar eruption that formed the craters in the 18th century led to crop failure, disease and disasters in Iceland. Some believe that the airborne haze from the eruption, blocking the sunlight in the northern hemisphere, may have contributed to the French revolution in 1789.

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Attractions nearby Lakagígar

Sveinstindur

  Photo from Four-day Highland Hiking Tour | Volcanic Trail Part 1 Sveinstindur is a 1093 m (3408 ft) high mountain in Iceland's Centr...

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Uxatindar

Uxatindar is a mountain peak in the southern highlands which stands 642 metres above sea level. It is green with moss throughout summer and is ...

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Breiðbakur

Breidbakur, in the Icelandic highlands, is a mountain west of Langisjor lake and near Vatnajokull glacier. The scenery in this area is magnificent. ...

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Langisjór

  Langisjor is among the clearest highland lakes in the country. Its altitude is 670 meters and at its deepest it’s 75 meters. The l...

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Faxi

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Kkaefer. Faxi is a wide, serene waterfall in South Iceland, approximately twelve kilometres away from G...

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Eldgjá

  Eldgja is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, 270m deep, 600m at its widest and around 40 km long.  The canyon lies paralel with t...

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Fagrifoss

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Nave111. Fagrifoss (the Beautiful Waterfall) is located in southeast Iceland near the Lakagígar ...

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Ofaerufoss

Ofaerufoss is a highly beautiful waterfall in the volcanic chasm Eldgja in Southeast Iceland. The Eldgja chasm, belongs to the same volcanic system as...

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Veiðivötn

Veiðivötn is an area of over 50 small fishing lakes, situated north-east of Friðland að Fjallabaki and Landmannalaugar. The ov...

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Jökulheimar

  At Jokulheimar, close to Tungnarjokull glacier in Vatnajokull National Park are two cabins run by the Icelandic Glacier Research Association. ...

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Foss a Síðu

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Debivort. Foss á Síðu is a historic farm in southeast Iceland, renowned for its folkl...

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Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur (referred to locally as ‘Klaustur’) is a village of approximately 120 inhabitants in the Skaftárhreppur m...

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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by ptj56. Fjaðrárgljúfur is a beautiful, dramatic canyon in South Iceland, close to the ...

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Systrastapi

Systrastapi (“Sister’s Rock”) is a historical rock hill and natural attraction west of the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, in ...

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Ljótipollur

  Ljotipollur is a explosion crater lake in the south highlands, situated in the southernmost crater in the Veidivotn fissure system. Strangely...

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Lomagnupur

Mt. Lómagnúpur is, very arguably, one of Iceland’s most recognisable mountains, with its proud and dramatic cliff faces, flat, gar...

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Strútslaug

Strutslaug (also known as Holmsarbotnalaug) is a geothermal pool in the South Highlands, north of Myrdalsjokull glacier and close to Torfajokull glaci...

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Frostastaðavatn

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Gestumblindi. Frostastaðavatn is a highland lake renowned for its vivid blue and green colouration ...

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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ("The people's pools") is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty, the true heart of Iceland's southern Highland...

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Bláhnjúkur

  Blahnjukur (a.k.a. Blahnukur) is a volcano in the area of Landmannalaugar, in the south highlands of Iceland.  Blahnjukur's name (&#...

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Tours near Lakagígar

Flight Sightseeing | Landmannalaugar & Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Take flight from Skaftafell by Vatnajökull glacier, right under Iceland's tallest mountain,......

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Sightseeing Flight over Laki Craters, Glaciers and Highlands

Join this exciting scenic flight for panoramic vistas over glaciers, lakes and volcanic craters......

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Lakagigar Day Tour by Super Jeep

Jump aboard a Super Jeep and see some spectacular, unique, little-travelled locations in......

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Combination Flying Tour | Lakagigar Craters, ​Grimsvotn & Glaciers

Join this scenic flight over the Lakagígar crater chain to witness their spectacular beauty from......

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Flightseeing Tour | Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic Canyon & Laki Craters

Fly over the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and view its crater and surrounding glacier......

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The 'Full Monty' Helicopter Tour

Visit the best of which South Iceland has to offer with this soaring helicopter tour; exploring......

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