Make sure to add Iceland’s Eldhraun lava fields to your itinerary. Eldhraun is the largest lava flow in the world. These moss covered lava fields in Iceland are a must see. Located near Kirkjubæjarklaustur village in South Iceland, this amazing must-see was created during the Laki eruption in the late 18th century. The volcano which erupted between 1783 and 1784 releasing a total of 14.7 km3 of lava from a 25-km-long fissure now covers around 560 square kilometers of beautiful moss covered lava fields in Iceland.
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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- 1 Iceland’s Eldraun Lava Fields | Visiting Moss Covered Lava Fields In Iceland
- 2 Eldhraun Lava Fields | From Lava to Moss in 8 Months
- 3 How To Get To Iceland’s Eldhraun Lave Fields In South Iceland
- 4 Can you walk on lava Fields In Iceland?
- 5 Tours and Day Trips To Eldhraun From Reykjavik
- 6 Where To Stay In Iceland | Places Near The Lava Fields
Iceland’s Eldraun Lava Fields | Visiting Moss Covered Lava Fields In Iceland
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.
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How To Get To Iceland’s Eldhraun Lave Fields In South Iceland
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 alongside 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 anyone that may be coming in or leaving the area.
Can you walk on lava Fields In Iceland?
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.
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.