Iceland’s Eldhraun Lava Field – Enter The Magical World of Iceland Lava Fields

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Make sure to add Iceland’s Eldhraun lava fields to your itinerary. These moss covered lava fields in Iceland are a must see. Located near Kirkjubæjarklaustur village in South Iceland and believed to cover around 560 square kilometres of land. I wish I had taken my drone to really capture the vastness of the Iceland lava fields. I was going to wait until November to do a series on my trip to Iceland but each time I look at the pictures I get so excited and lose all patience with my planned schedule of posts so I thought I would get it out of my system and share the magical world Iceland’s Eldraun moss covered Lava Field.

 

 

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Iceland is one of those countries or island that is just out of this world! You have water boiling in the earth right before you, pools elevated into the mountains, waterfalls cascading down the mountains and you are just in awe of what this tiny island has to offer. Exploring Iceland is like re-discovering a planet in some ways. What you experience and see in Iceland is nothing your eyes can ever prepare for. Once you have seen Skogafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, remnants of volcanic explosions, the litli Geysir. Then you enter the magical world of Eldhraun Lava Field. Its mind blowing!
 
 
 
 
As soon as you set your eye on Iceland’s Eldhraun Lava Field, it’s like being transported into some sort of fairy land. I guess that explains my excitement in the pictures below because this place just felt surreal! Eldhraun Lava Field is the biggest lava flow in the world that occurred during the Eldhraun eruption in the late 1700s. Having driven close to the pin I had saved on my google maps we pulled into one of the side roads and drove into what is part of a 565 square kilometers of this moss-covered lava field. The moss is thicker than some of the most expensive carpets I have ever come across and oh so soft. Stepping around the moss-covered lava with wondrous laughter at the sheer amazement of having the place to ourselves with moss as far as the eye can see.
 
 
 
It’s all so serene and scary at the same time as the eyes, feet and hands have never seen nor come into contact with anything like this before. As beautiful as the lava field is, it disguises what is one the most violent and devastating eruptions of our time. The Lakagigar eruption only comes second to the eruption of the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia. Lakagigar’s eruption or Laki as is sometimes referred to, in 1783, went on to kill 10, 000 people in Iceland when the island was populated with only 50,000 people at the time.

 

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Eldhraun Lava Fields |From Lava to Moss in 8 Months

 

Within less than a year the area where the lava had settled began to dress the lava and cover the sins and violent past of Laki eruptions with moss.  Laki is the volcanic system in the same south-eastern part of Iceland where eruptions that brought flights to a standstill in 2010 is. Living people stranded around Europe as the ash clouds proved too dangerous to fly in. As deadly as the eruptions were, we now have this beautiful site as a reminder of the past. The moss covers volcanic rocks some of which are immobile and sharp so you have to take great care when walking around on it as well as not to walk too far because you just don’t know what is underneath and whether there are any holes or gaps in the rocks.

 

 

Another interesting factor to the lava fields in Iceland is that Apollo 11 crew trained in Iceland, on the “assumption was that on the Moon we would encounter tectonic formations principally, or remnants of volcanic and tectonic lava flows, that sort of thing.” Although Icelandic tourism websites say that they trained in Eldhraun or lava fields, I have yet to find any NASA online documents confirming specific areas where Apollo 11 crew trained. Whether or not they did, this is one place you have to experience in Iceland. Well, that’s in addition to the crazy and out of this tiny world wonders that can be found on this small island.

For tours to Eldraun Lava fields and other tours in Iceland check out Get Your Guide.

 
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Enter The Magical World of Iceland's Eldhraun Lava Field

 

 

How To Get To Iceland’s Eldhraun lava fields In south Iceland

 

 

Getting to Eldhraun lava field is a lot easier if you are self-driving as you can see these from the Ring Road (Route 1) and don’t necessarily have to make complicated plans and sat nav coordinations. You can see them right from the road. If you need something to aim for though, the nearest villages to the lava fields are Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
 
 
 
 

Eldhraun Parking

 

In terms of locating Eldhraun parking area, there aren’t parking spaces as you can see Edhraun moss covered lava fields in Iceland from the Ring Road. You have roads that lead away from the Ring Road. Things dont really have any markings or names on the roads but you can turn into them and explore around like we did. You are able to park along side the road and explore. These are dirt roads, bear in mind that they are single track so if you are going to park make sure you pick a spot that is wide so as not to block the road in any direction any one that may be coming in or leaving the area.

 
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Enter The Magical World of Iceland's Eldhraun Lava Field
Enter The Magical World of Iceland's Eldhraun Lava Field

 

Tours and Day Trips To Eldhraun From Reykjavik

If self-driving the Ring Road in Iceland is not an option for you then definitely look for tours that will also include a stop to explore the area with Eldhraun lava fields.

 

 

 

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Enter The Magical World of Iceland's Eldhraun Lava Field
 

 

Where To Stay In Iceland | Places Near The Lava Fields

The nearest places to stay nearby are Eldhraun Holiday Home, Eldhraun Guesthouse, HunKubakker Guesthouse and Hotel Laki. These are all about 5-7 miles away from the Eldhraun lava fields but bear in mind that the fields cover miles and miles so these properties may be closer to the starting points of the fields. For the rest of the list of properties close click here.

 

 
 
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11 Comments

  1. September 22, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    This place is incredible! And these photos just pop. Gorgeous! I have heard so much about the moss covered lava fields Iceland has but never saw them captured this beautifully. Looks like they are worth a visit.

  2. September 23, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Amazing scenes! I wonder if these are the same lava fields near Reykjavik that was drove past. We will definitely have to get the eldhraun lava field gps because I definitely wouldnt want to miss out on visiting eldhraun iceland lava fields for sure!

  3. September 24, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    The richness of the color is amazing. I did Reykjavik in 2005. Didn't get to see as much as I wanted. Definitely plan on going back. Thank goodness you provided details of getting to eldhraun lava field as I need to see this place when I am next back in Iceland I'm jealous. ?

  4. September 25, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I love the contrast of the green hills with your tropical skirt! Yep eldhraun iceland is one magical place that really needs to be on a list of places to visit in Iceland.
    Maya Not Mya

  5. October 3, 2016 / 3:01 am

    Magical is the appropriate word. Enchanting! I dont think I have actually heard of eldhraun lava field in Iceland. Definitely looks like I need to add this place to my Iceland itinerary.

  6. How can we find eldhraun lava field in Iceland?
    September 14, 2018 / 2:22 am

    We are visiting Iceland summer next year and wanted to know if you know of any tours in Iceland that have eldhraun lava fields on the tour itinerary? Otherwise, do you know if we are able to find this moss fields if we opt to drive yourself by rental car?

  7. Sam P.
    October 3, 2018 / 1:06 am

    Eldhraun Iceland is definitely going on my itinerary, and I imagine the lava fields will be the first thing I see. It has to be a spectacular sight, the vastness of the vegetation-covered fields and all. It’s interesting that the Apollo 11 crew may have trained there. That surely attests to the environment. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Andrea
    October 24, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    Oh my God your pictures are beautiful! I have read quite a few Iceland do’s and don ts and I don’t think you are allowed to be on the moss. Do you know if you can walk on lava fields? Also just reading about how old is the moss and how long does it take for moss to grow I am not sure you should step on it?

    • October 25, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Hi Andrea, from the pictures it might seem as if we were dancing around the moss lava fields but the stability underneath does not allow you walk very far without fear that the lava beneath might either give way or the possibility of some sinkhole. It’s really the trick of the camera but we were no more than 2 or 3 steps away from the road. Also, there were no signage around. As this wasn’t really on our radar nor our itinerary we hadn’t done any research on any Iceland do’s and dont’s around the Iceland lava fields. Also we were generally really careful around where we step because the rocks underneath are very unstable. #weknowbetterfornexttime

  9. Lilly-Anne
    October 25, 2018 / 12:13 am

    After I saw this post I bookmarked it because there was no way we were going to visit the land of fire and ice without stopping by to check out Iceland moss fields. Like you said we could see Iceland lava fields from the Ring Road so it was fairly easy to for a quick stop the photo ops of course that ensued.

    • October 25, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Haha now you know exactly how I felt when we spotted the lava fields in Iceland. Yes, to more photo ops in Iceland.

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