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Hiking in Laki, Lakagigar

Region: Highland
Coordinates: 64.0707° N 18.2378° W
Hiking time: Various
Difficulty: moderate
Length: Various km
Elevation: Various m
Highest Point: Various m


This part of the Interior offers clear trails to follow, so it mostly depends on the time the individual travelers 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 overwhelm 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. +354 855 1095

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: +354 842 4358 / +354 842 4378.

Information from Vatnajokull National Park

Photo Credit: Chmee2/Valtameri

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