Iceland is a geological feast for the eyes. Over the past twenty million years, volcanic eruptions here have created a rugged landscape with diverse volcanic features. For example, moss-covered lava fields, enormous explosion craters, bizarre geological formations, ice caves and lava tubes. These are all monuments to the island's unique location along the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.
The Berserk Lava Field
The central western peninsula, Snaefellsnes, is one of the most Saga invested parts of the country and this area is no exception. The rugged Berserk Lava Field covers most of the western part of the Helgafell County, and stretches between the mountain slopes and the sea.
Its sources are four prominent, but differently sized scoria craters forming an east-west row from the Ogress Pass (Kerlingarskard). They probably erupted at short intervals approximately 3600-4000 years ago, the largest one first and the smallest last, almost damming the Lava Bay in the east, where the old main road crosses it.
The lava flows created two lakes on their southern side and added to the serenity and beauty of the landscapes, but also represented a difficult obstacle as the area became inhabited during the Age of Settlement. In the beginning, people chose to walk or ride along the southern edge of the lava or travel past it by boat until bridle paths were opened. Nowadays three roads cross it. We will take one the walking paths through the lava and back.
- Return transfer from Stykkisholmur is included in the rate.
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 30