Laki Lakagigar,

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( Route F-206 )
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The 25 km long crater row called Lakagigar was created during a relatively short, intensive, and  catastrophic eruption between the 8th of June 1783 and February 1874. It was among the biggest and poisonous lava eruptions of  the earth during historical times. It created two vast lava fields with a total area of 565 km², and the total volume of tephra emitted was estimated to have been 12,3 km³. The consequences were enormous. Between 53% and 82% of the domestic animals and 20% of the human population perished as a result.

As Iceland was under Danish rule at the time, it was debated in the Danish parliament to evacuate the remaining 40.000 Icelanders, and find them new homes in Jutland, but the Icelanders would hear nothing of that. Most of the craters are now covered with Woolly Fringe Moss and the landscape is, to say the least, picturesque. The crater area was proclaimed inviolate in 1971.  The Laki Area is now a part of the National Park Skaftafell.

Hiking.  This part of the Interior offers clear trails to follow, so it mostly depends on the time the individual travellers have to spend in the area.  Long hikes require good planning, preparations, and physical fitness.  The psychology has to be considered as well.  Sometimes the vast, barren landscapes, and the solitude overwhelme hikers, who are travelling alone and do not meet a soul for days on end.

The Bus Company Kynnisferdir offers daily tours to the Laki area from the hamlet Kirkjubaejarklaustur and the National Park Skaftafell during summer.

Warden at Laki (in Blágil), tel. 8551095

Lakagígar– Guided walk with park ranger on Mt. Laki.
Monday to Friday at 12.00
The mountain is climed from the car park at Laki. From the top of Mt. Laki there is a very good view of the crater row to the east and west, and of several glaciers. On the way, the park ranger will describe the Laki eruption and its consequences.
Starting at 12.00 at the car park at Laki. Duration approximately 90 minutes.

Tjarnargígur– Guided walk with park ranger along the Eldborg lava channel. Saturday and Sunday at 14.00
From the car park at Tjarnargígur, into the crater and then back along the Eldborg lava channel. On the way the Laki eruption and its consequences are described; lava formations and nature are explained.
Starting at 14.00 at the car park at Tjarnargígur. Duration approximately 90 minutes.

Saturdays and Sundays. Longer hikes onto Kambar from Lambavatn, and to Uxatindar from Úlfarsdalur (3 hours) can be arranged with the park ranger. Telephone: 842 4358, 842 4378.
Information from Vatnajokull National Park

From the crossroads of road #1 40 km <Laki> Klaustur 51 km.

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