Icelandic Road Trip – Walking around Viti crater

We explored the surroundings of lake Mývatn in the morning and went on a tour to explore Lofthellir Cave in the afternoon. After a good breakfast, we took road 1 to the power station and headed towards Krafla and the iconic Víti crater. Víti is a huge explosion crater, about 300 metres in diameter. The crater was formed during a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in 1724. The eruption continued more or less non-stop for 5 years and Víti’s bubbling cauldron of mud boiled for more than a century after that.

To go there, we took the road to the power plant and drove to the top parking area. There was a 60 minutes-walk around the crater with wonderful views, but it was very very very muddy ! Víti was quite amazing and the blue colour was so vivid !!

We went back to road 1, then turned left on road 860. We stopped at Grjótagjá, a pool in a lava cave fed by hot springs. Some people bath in the steamy blue water, but it’s at your own risk as the water temperature is close to 45°C…  We spotted some interesting vegetation as well.

 More in the next post !

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