Iceland’s Golden Circle: Kerið Volcano Crater

Not too far away from Faxi waterfall in Iceland’s Golden Circle region is the Kerið volcano crater. The dormant crater is one of a group of volcanic hills called Tjarnarholar or lake hills. It actually isn’t that huge at around  55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across but still makes for quite a sight as the 6,500 year old caldera is still intact.

Kerið Volcano Crater Iceland Golden Circle
Kerið Volcano Crater
Kerið Volcano Crater Iceland Golden Circle
The Kerið Volcano Crater lake was completely frozen over
Kerið Volcano Crater Iceland Golden Circle
Kerið Volcano Crater is around 6,500 years old

Apparently the caldera is formed by red volcanic rock but it was impossible to tell during my visit as the whole place was a beautiful snow-covered landscape. The water in the bottom of the caldera is less than 14 metres deep but was covered in solid ice when I was there.

Kerið Volcano Crater Iceland Golden Circle
Kerið Volcano Crater is all black and white in Winter
Kerið Volcano Crater Iceland Golden Circle
A summers view is so very different! (Photo by: Brad Weber)

Just looking around this area was a real breathtaking experience with stunning snowy landscapes. Don’t miss this part of the Golden Circle.

Golden Circle Iceland
Stunning Golden Circle winter scenery
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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! Those shots are stunning!!

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks. A cool place in more ways than one

  2. Wonderful in winter and sensational in summer.

    1. Deano says:

      I will have to return some day when the green grass is out!

  3. I’ve only seen it during winter, and it was very dark that day (in December). The summer version is quite pretty !

    1. Deano says:

      Yes such a contrast!

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