Stóra Eldborg

Reykjanes Peninsula , Iceland
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Stóra-Eldborg is a small Holocene volcano on Reykjanes Peninsula. It is 50 meters tall with a breathtaking view of the surrounding lava fields of Krýsuvíkurhraun and Eldborgarhraun and the mighty Atlantic Ocean in the background. The crater is the highest of five other craters in the area from the same volcano system. The volcano is a stunning, steep red pyroclastic cone with a deep crater in the middle. Surrounded by hardened lava, the cone stands tall, displaying layers of eruptions from a long time ago. Its symmetrical shape and contrasting colours against the barren expanse create a captivating scene.

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Accessibility

The parking lot is 1.7 kilometers off the main road. From there, a 600 meters easy hike takes you to the crater and a 100-meters steep hike up to the top. It would be possible to bring a 4-wheeler on the hiking path, but a permission needs to be granted.
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 Grindavík, hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is in Reykjavík, 41 kilometers away.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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The area is owned by the government, so a government permit is needed.
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Reykjanes Peninsula is on UNESCO GEOPARK list
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Basecamp and facilities

There is a small parking lot at this location, suitable for a small tech base. 2 kilometers away, there is a mine that could be used for bigger basecamps. There are no facilities at this location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

Stóra-Eldborg is under nature protection by law. The last 100 metres of the hiking trail up to the crater is very steep with loose rocks of scoria and spatter.

Visitors

The area is a low tourist attraction. This location can be managed with PAs. With the right permit you could close it off.

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