South, Iceland
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Kerið is a cone-shaped volcanic crater, known for its dramatic and unique features. The crater is 55 meters deep, 270 meters long and 170 meters wide. At the bottom of the crater is a lake, 7-14 meters deep with bright blue colours that contrast beautifully with the steep, red volcanic rock walls of the crater. The scenic beauty of this place is breathtaking and with its easy access this location is marvellous. You can hike around the crater from the top, choosing your camera angles. There is also a path to the bottom of the crater where you also can walk around the lake and look up to the enormous steep hills that surround it.

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This location is just beside the main road. There is a 50-meter concrete path that leads from the parking lot to the main viewpoint, but the rest of the hike around the crater varies from easy to moderately difficult.
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

Close to Selfoss, so hotels, gas stations and convenient stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is in Selfoss.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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Two-way permit. The area is privately owned. A tourist company manages the area.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

There is a large parking lot 50 meters from the crater. 6.6 kilometres away is Þrastarlundur, a service centre for the area where you can put up bigger camp. Þrastarlundur has facilities, toilets, a small store and a restaurant. There are no facilities at the location itself.

Risk factors

The slopes of the crater are very steep with loose, light lava rocks that you can easily slip on and fall. The hiking trail is fairly manageable, with a few exceptions where the path is rugged and loose. The stairs leading down to the water are built into the landscape, they are steep and filled with lava rocks.


The area is a high tourist attraction. It is privately owned and managed by a tourist company on site

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