Volcanic Sites

The historical Lakagígar was one of the largest volcanic eruptions to have taken place in recorded history. Starting in 1783, the area suffered a series of eruptions, which brought about an aftermath of hardship throughout Iceland and the world. The nation suffered famine during the years of 1783-1786 and the volcanic ashes and sour rain that was spewed into the Northern Hemisphere caused a drop in global temperatures. The eruption is thought to have killed over six million people globally, making it the deadliest in historical times.

Today, the site of Lakagígar is a 25km row of craters and a volcanic fissure. Situated deep within Vatnajökull National Park makes accessibility difficult, but also makes for fabulous walking trails. Follow the 'visitor trail' and learn the story of the catastrophic eruption, and walk the 500-metre path through one of the craters. (Click to see the leaflet)

There are no year-round services within the western part of the Vatnajökull National Park, but an office is situated in Kirkjubæjarklaustur and there are plans to open a visitor centre. Accessibility to the site is treacherous and only navigable for vehicles with fourwheel-drive. The area is open to visitors all year round, but road openings are dependent on the weather. Usually they are open from early June, through to the autumn.

Contact Lakagígar

Make Enquiry


Vatnajökull National Park, Kirkjubaejarklaustur

View Larger Map


  • Free

Best For Whom

  • Backpackers

Best For What

  • A View To Die For
  • Adventure
  • Off The Beaten Path


My Lists

Create New Guide


Mini Guides

Login to create your guides for Reykjavik.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide



Recommended Experiences in Reykjavik

500+ trusted car hire partners globally

Create & Share your own Guide to Reykjavik with friends and family!

Add your recommended places to visit by browsing the website and pressing the icon.

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section


We Are Part of the My Guide Network!

My Guide Reykjavik is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations

Events in Reykjavik

Filter Events by Sub-Category

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Reykjavik