1st Stop Iceland – Hiking Grábrók Crater

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!

Grabrok Sun Rays
The last sun rays kiss a volcanic crater in Iceland as the sun falls over the horizon in the distance.

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.

Grabrok Crater Panoramic

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



Author: Nathan Bush Wedding Photography

My name is Nathan Bush and I am a loving husband, an avid world traveler, an adventurer, and an off-road and Jeep enthusiast. I began my serious journey into photography in the mountains of Patagonia Argentina where I fell in love with the wilderness world. My passion has taken me to Iceland, Alaska, Peru, Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, and countless National Parks.  A good friend once told me I should combine my knack for beautiful landscape photography with capturing the details of their wedding, so I decided to dive right into the challenge. It has been quite a ride from there, and thus today, my passion for photography has evolved to capturing the raw candid emotion and intimate moments involved in wedding photography.

2 thoughts on “1st Stop Iceland – Hiking Grábrók Crater”

    1. Thanks, Bama! Oh man, I would absolutely LOVE to! My dream one day is to get to take some photographs a lava, not necessarily spewing out of a volcano violently (although from afar that would be amazing) but a river flowing down the mountain or even into the ocean would be so awesome. I’m not sure why, but I’m a little obsessed with the idea 🙂

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