The famous Lakagígar are a row of craters which were formed in one of the world’s largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. The eruption, known as the “Skaftá Fires” started in 1783, lasted for months and had horrible consequences all around the world.
That time period in Iceland is known as the “Mist Hardships” and it is estimated that around 20-25% of Iceland’s population died as a consequence of the eruption. The craters are about 25 kilometers long and are today regarded as a globally unique phenomenon and were declared a protected natural monument in 1971.
They are covered in extremely delicate moss and so we ask visitors to please show respect for the area and its rich history and follow given rules. Since the craters are located in Iceland’s highlands, they can only be visited during summer on well equipped 4×4 vehicles.