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Hverfjall is a nearly 200-metre-high tephra explosion crater of immense proportions. The stark black ash cone stands out in the breathtaking landscape, giving the otherwise serene landscape of Lake Mývatn a dramatic feel. The crater is 1 kilometre in diameter and almost perfectly circular. From the rim on top, you have a fantastic panoramic view of Lake Mývatn, Dimmuborgir lava formations, and the whole area. From the top, looking into the crater, you see a large black sand dune in the middle, met by the steep slopes of the crater. It is easy to let your imagination go wild and think for a while that you are truly visiting another planet.

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The location is close to route number 1, and the parking lot is only 2.2 km from the main road. The hike to the top is 600 meters and rather steep but manageable.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Akureyri, 85 kilometres away. Around this area are numerous farms, guesthouses and hotels. Within a 20-kilometre radius, there are convenience stores, a gas station, restaurants and other services.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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This area needs a two-way permit. The landowners manage this location.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
The area is preserved by Icelandic nature law.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is a large parking lot just below the crater. There are basic facilities and phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The path up the crater is very rocky and steep. The hills of the crater are also very steep with unstable edges.


The area is on the Diamond Circle and is popular with tourists and locals who tend to hike to the top and walk the full circle above which takes an hour.

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