The Mesmerising Kerið Crater

The Mesmerising Kerið Crater

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes in southern Iceland. It is a popular stop for visitors travelling the Golden Circle tourist route close to Reykjavik.  

 Photo courtesy by flickr user Jude STEWART

Photo courtesy by flickr user Jude STEWART

It is believed that Kerið was originally a conical volcano that was subject to a powerful eruption. Once the magma chamber was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.

 Photo courtesy by flickr user @Ronhc Lam   

Photo courtesy by flickr user @Ronhc Lam

 

The crater (also known as a caldera) is composed of red volcanic rock and is vast - around 55 m deep, 170 m wide and 270 m across. There is little vegetation in the steep-walled crater, save for one wall with a gentler slope which is covered with deep moss. This wall is fairly easy for visitors to descend.

 Photo courtesy by flickr user Kexi

Photo courtesy by flickr user Kexi

Although the lake at the bottom is fairly shallow (around 10m deep), it is a vivid aquamarine colour as a result of the minerals leaching out of the soil. 

  Photo courtesy by flickr user Kexi

 Photo courtesy by flickr user Kexi

If you are planning a trip to Iceland, why not include a stop off at this spectacualr spot, along with the other golden circle delights!

 Photo courtesy by flickr user Jacques Sambrink

Photo courtesy by flickr user Jacques Sambrink

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