Departure from Skaftafell
at 08:00 and
from Kirkjubćjarklaustur at 09:00. The Laki crater is a spectacular
natural phenomenon and only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. Laki’s eruptions
in 1783 are considered one of the the worst natural disasters in history,
reshaping the landscape of Iceland, by spewing out 30 billion tons of
lava, and gases which caused the “haze famine” that killed thousands of
Icelanders, and most of its horses! The 25-kilometer long volcanic fissure
with some 100-crater cones erupted in the year 1783. The resultant mass of
emitted lava is considered to be the largest ever in historical times or
about 565 sq.km / 12 cu.km. Most of the craters stand 20 – 50 meters tall,
the highest rising up to 100 meters over the surroundings. The material is
black and red scoria and lava-splatters; some are even made of solid lava.
Ideal area for hiking lovers with a 3-3,5 hour stop, offering enough time
to explore the surroundings. Departure from Laki is at 16:00 hours.