Saxholl Crater
Saxholl Crater
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Saxholl Crater is located in the western part of Snaefellsnes peninsula. You'll see it from a distance while driving and it's just off the main road. Fairly big and free parking lot in front.
Over the left side of the volcano are metal stairs (not full size but pretty weird one) leading up to the crater. Once up you can observe the crater inside, as well excellent scenery around with the ocean which is pretty close.
Count on up to an hour for a whole visit.
Written 30 November 2023
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Tom J
London, UK1,698 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Now where else could you walk up the side of a volcanic crater for free to then look down into its former glory or out to see the surrounding craters and view - only in Iceland!

The Saxholl crater is a wonderful little stop if you are touring the Snaefelsness peninsula and it is a free one at that which is a great bonus! The car park is a decent size, we visited around midday on a weekend in August (couldn't really get any more peak season) and we had no trouble parking.

The walk up the crater is on metal steps, these are a little weird as they are not "full-steps" but instead shallow part strides - not difficult but takes a moment to get used to. Around half way up there is a little bench where you can sit and catch your breath if you need to, or even just admire the view from halfway up the crater.

Once you get to to top the crater is impressive - really impressive! The walk around the crater isn't treacherous by any means but at some points is a little rocky so people with mobility issues may struggle. There is a perfectly accessible viewpoint at the top however which is more than adequate for a good view.

Another little bonus was there was no limitations on using a drone here, nor were there loads of people using them. I picked a quiet spot, launched it and got high enough the noise wouldn't irritate other visitors = some stunning footage of a former Icelandic volcano!
Written 14 August 2023
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HROxon
Oxford, UK939 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Large free car park, metal half steps up the side of the crater - too small for one stride…View from top is amazing, well worth going up!
Written 13 August 2023
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Dilly4472
Spilsby, UK883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Walking up the side of a crater on steps was quite a fun experience!!! Nice views at the top. Doesn’t take very long to go up and back.
Written 4 August 2023
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Diana M
Melbourne, FL160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Saxholl Crater is amazing to see from the top. There are 385 steps up and 385 steps down. Great workout! Once at the top, you can view the crater and the ash, not to mention the amazing 360 degree view!
Written 30 October 2022
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RaczDavidBarbi
Debrecen, Hungary82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
An unplanned, quick stop, but I'm glad we did. It is a relatively small crater, but a steep road leads to the top. The view from there is beautiful. It was very windy up there.
Written 27 September 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL11,359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
After loving the experience at Hverfjall in the northeast region I got really excited for Saxholl as we approach it - it's nowhere close to Hverfjall in size but a similar concept and here it's all green and red vs black at Hverfjall so completely different scenery right by the ocean (vs mainland at Hverfjall).

Also, the stairs leading to the top of the crater were something really unusual and cool... sadly this was the best part of the Saxholl Crater, as once we got to the top the platform was unfinished and also to be perfectly honest the crater the "full round rim" - nevertheless it's a great spot to stop and take that hike while in Snaefellsjökull National Park

There is a nice bench to sit down and enjoy the views about half way through the stairs leading to the top

TIP: free parking lot, no restrooms
Written 10 August 2022
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PeterBarras
Menai, Australia742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Nice walk up with a good view over teh surrounding area and walk around the rim. One of the better craters we visited
Written 2 August 2022
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Based on other reviews, I wasn't sure if this should or should not be a priority during our self-driving tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. I'm glad we made the stop/climb. If you are expecting a dramatic view into a volcano crater, you will be disappointed. If you view this as an opportunity to get a view from a high perch of the surrounding area, you'll enjoy it. The volcanic rock at the top of the climb is also interested to look at. It looks like a lot of stairs but it does not take more than 5 or so minutes to ascend.
Written 19 June 2022
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Sarah B
Detroit, MI71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This seems like a pile of brown rocks, but is an easy stop on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula drive complete with beautiful views. Starting down into the crater made me appreciate the history and geology of the area. The walk up the stairs is fairly easy and has a nice platform at the top.
Written 3 November 2021
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