Krafla Lava Fields
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Robertson571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Stunning landscape, nice hike to the lava field although the boardwalk needs some serious repair. The power of nature on full display. Only issue is complete lack of toilet facilities anywhere in the area. There appeared to be a single toilet in the parking area but it was locked. It you don’t want people relieving themselves in inappropriate places you need to lift your game.
Written June 1, 2023
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Hiked from the Leirhnjukur car park intending to do the short loop. Loaded the trail onto my Outdoor app, but once I got around the blue lake & up near the summit, I couldn’t see any obvious path or any more path markers, which brought this fantastic experience to a premature close as I had to retrace my steps & do the walk as an out & back instead of the intended loop. So, in my opinion, the trail markers could be clearer in places! No matter, I saw enough to get the overall feeling of the place. Very ominous & humbling.
Written September 11, 2023
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RaczDavidBarbi
Debrecen, Hungary78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
An easy trail leads through a lava field. The lava flow created interesting shapes and colors, but we didn't spend much time there. It is not a must see attraction, but if you have time it's worth a walk.
Written September 27, 2022
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Catherine R
Bryantown, MD152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
I was not overly impressed with the lava fields. There are concrete walk ways though the lava formations, some have a small caves and some of the formations are quite large. I noticed bus tours pulling in here with groups walking with a guide. Seemed like overkill to me and as the paths were easily identifiable. There is also a nice gift shop and cafe here , it’s worth a stop if it’s along your way.
Written June 17, 2022
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Tjalling01
Groningen, The Netherlands9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We, family of 4 with two young kids, had a great walk in this awesome lava field. Part of the walk is easily accessible, if you want to take the bigger loop it becomes more adventurous. Highly recommended.
Written August 16, 2020
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,616 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
If you've never seen a lava field, this one is worth visiting. I've been to lava fields and lava cave in northwest United States and Hawaii. I've seen aa lava files and pahoehoe fields. Appropriate for kids with their parents to see.
Written June 28, 2022
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Stef4115
Annandale, VA1,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
The Krafla/Leirhnjúkur lava fields are spectacular, wonderful, otherworldly, fantastic... I could go on and on, but nothing I can say will tell you of the raw beauty you must see for yourself.

There are two main paths/loops from the small parking area, and together they take a few hours to walk. The walking is fairly easy.. some parts are flat and smooth, some parts are hopping between lava chunks.. but overall pretty easy. We started out toward the thermal area, with lighter colored earth, and a couple steaming and very pretty blue pools.. there are steps and boardwalks in this area. This is NOT all there is to see... please continue on the path, toward the visible crater in the distance, and things start to get really interesting.

Here is old lava, in many interesting shapes and patterns, covered in brand new lava from the most recent volcanic event, which has left the earth warm and steaming. Grey meets black in all manner of shapes and sizes, from holes, to cracks, to pillows and curtains. Lava can form the weirdest and most beautiful formations and all are worth seeing. I particularly liked the oases of green plant life surrounding the small steaming holes.. the brilliant green in contrast to the start black is wonderful.

We hiked to the highest point and from there you can look over the whole area.. it is so clear where the lava stopped... pretty amazing to see that point and realize that with all the devastation that lava flows can cause, they also stop at some point and freeze in place.

Wear good hiking shoes (you could probably get away with sturdy tennis shoes, but no fashion shoes here), and bring layers... within the valleys of lava formations it is protected and can be mild, while out on the lava field the wind can blow and it will be chilly. Take your time to wander all the paths.. you will not be disappointed.
Written October 28, 2014
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MrsSmarts
Delran, NJ323 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
There are so many beautiful lava fields and craters all over Iceland that there is no reason to visit here in the winter when it is extremely dangerous. Basically, we drove up to see the Viti Crater and there was no barricade or sign alerting us that the access road frequently freezes over. We somehow made it up just fine, but on the way down we kept sliding all over the road...and we were in a good 4x4 vehicle! One of the times we literally almost went over the cliff and were saved by a small landing that had not frozen over. Of course there are no guard rails so it is really risky to drive on this road...even if it looks fine (which it did) it could be covered with black ice! You could park at the bottom and climb up, but it's honestly not even worth it. Go to Landmannalaugar for MUCH better craters and overall beauty.
Written January 17, 2013
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Isha M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
We visited the Myvatn/Krafla area only to see the 'famous' Viti volcanic crater. It is not like the colourful pictures that we had seen of it. It's a plain-blue lake in the middle of a crater (similar to Lake Kerid in the Golden Circle). This was one place we spent less than 2 minutes at! But the adjacent Krafla/Leinhjur...something lava fields were another story altogether. We would have completely missed this if it hadn't been for the number of cars parked there and the people hiking onwards. We followed them just out of curiosity, ended up spending 2-3 hours there.

Depending on your walking speed, the actual like to the sulphur spring (along the wooden path) can take upto an hour (one way) and another half an hour (on lava rocks) to the end of the longer trail through the lava field. After a point on the longer trail, it may feel like it's dangerous to walk ahead, but as long as you can see the marker poles (black with a yellow marking on top), you can continue walking forward. You will be walking within millimetres of hot sulphur gas steaming out of the cracks! It's an other-worldly sight walking through this lava field. It's similar to the scenes from The Hobbit where Gandalf is held in a cage by the Orcs. :)

At the furthest end of the longer trail, you will be rewarded with a sight of standing on the cliff overlooking the entire expanse where the lava has flown over. It is an unbelievable hike and sight! DO NOT MISS IT.

The only glitch here was the restrooms available at the car park area, but unfortunately locked, even at 12-1 pm.
Written October 6, 2015
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Karen H
Essex107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
Active volcanic area with Viti explosion crater and Power plant (closed off season). The walk is stunning with the view of the lava stream, walking around mud pools and amongst the steam vents. The drive in passes a toliet and working shower (plumbed intto the ground!) makes for a funny photo!
Written October 14, 2011
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