When Florence and I planned our road trip around the Ring Road of Iceland, like many, we decided to start in Reykjavik and follow Highway #1 in a clockwise direction. As we had picked up the camper van towards the end of the day, we needed a place not too far outside of Reykjavik to make our first stop.
If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, then you know I’ve been to Iceland once before. You also know that I am absolutely obsessed with volcanoes from reading “Why on Earth Would I Want to Go to Iceland?” which I wrote just a few years ago. Since Grábrók craters are located literally right along side Highway #1 and only about 1hr and 24minutes drive North of Reykjavik, this seemed like the ideal place to get out of the van, enjoy a bit of sunset, and look at some pretty darn cool volcanic structures!
Grábrók Crater Facts:
- Grábrók belongs to the volcanic system of Ljosufjoll, which extends 90km and is one of the longest in Iceland.
- The last eruption in this system was about 1,000 years ago.
- Grábrók is the largest of 3 craters and stands 170 meters above the ground.
- It was formed by a volcanic fissure eruption 3,400 years ago.
- It is easily accessible by footpath, though the trail is steep so stairs have been built in places.
Once atop the crater, you’ll be greeted by spectacular views of a smaller crater surrounded by Grábrók lava field, one of the most rugged in all of Iceland!
Pro-tip: Plan your hike timing so that you catch the setting sun just before it disappears over the horizon for some pretty spectacular light like in the photographs above!
I hope you enjoyed this brief post! More to come soon. Until then,
Cheers! – Nate