Kerid Crater
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Located along the Golden Circle route, Kerid Crater is an otherworldly volcanic crater lake that is known for its blueish-green waters, surrounded by striking red rock and lush vegetation. Enjoy a scenic stroll around the crater and venture down the trail into the crater itself. There's a small bench for you to sit and take in the view, which is exceptionally stunning at sunset. In winter, the lake freezes over and becomes a popular spot for ice skating. A small fee is required to visit the crater, though the entry is typically included in tour packages of the Golden Circle. – Tripadvisor
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  • Spiral_Staircase
    London, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience
    Worth a stop for a unique sight. 450kr charge per adult, kids free. You can walk all around the rim and down to the bottom of the crater without much difficulty. Worth it for the views and photos!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • ShuL-0831123
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania328 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another beautiful spot
    Beautiful, as with all the places we visited. Part of our self-guided Golden Circle drive/tour. You do have to pay to get in. We enjoyed walking around at the bottom and probably spent about an hour tops. Definitely recommend as part of the Golden Circle but probably not a destination by itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,698 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Colourful Masterpiece!
    So this summer was the first time I had the chance to visit the Kerid crater and whilst it could be considered a "short stop" it is very much a worthwhile one! How often can you say you have walked down a path of red lava rock to a blueish green lake situated in the crater of an ancient volcano??? The colours of this crater alone are fantastic, blues, greens, reds it is an artists palette in there. The walk around the crater is short, the whole visit could be done in say 30 minutes of which is a great opportunity to stretch your legs and see something unusual! The entrance fee of 350ISK per person is cheap for what it is and if it goes to support the maintenance is totally worth it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Matthew I
    35 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slightly disappointing Kerid Crater.
    The teenagers stayed in the car after a long day of shopping and sightseeing in Reykjavik, too exhausted. The crater was a worth the quick visit and minimal entrance fee. It is a beautiful place but not the highlight of an Icelandic adventure. If you have some spare time, maybe 1/2hr to walk around the rim and then down into crater its a convenient stop or break of journey between Reykjavik and the golden circle. When I return to Iceland I would not be visiting again.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • AirSchis
    Vancouver, Canada888 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk and great pics
    There is an entry charge at this crater, but your parking is free. The parking lot can be very crowded though. Easy walking trail. You start at the top of the crater and can then walk around the entire crater and down into the crater and then around the crater's lake. Lots of photo ops. Pretty easy walking as well. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom1,734 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kerid Crater
    Main car park closest to the crater was full so had to double back down the road to a secondary overflow car park constructed down a recently constructed gravel road which left a slightly further walk to the crater. Annoyingly you had to walk all the way along the recently constructed wire fence to the entrance booth & you had to do this again on the way out. So not as convenient. In terms of the crater itself, I walked all the way around it but if you are lazy or pushed for time, I’d just go & view the crater from the end to the left of the entrance (as you face the entrance) as I thought that was the best view of it. 450isk entrance, parking is free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Kate
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Beautiful crater - extremely peaceful if you hit on and it’s not too busy. Water is a beautiful colour and surrounding landscape is stunning. There is a small charge to enter, but free parking on site. Well worth a visit if you are passing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • rockobello
    401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Great little stop to see nature at its best. A lake in an extinct volcano. really worth the the stop and the walk around the top is breathtaking. Well worth it to stop and take it all in.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
  • MarcSantaCruz
    Kensington, California266 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK if passing by
    If you are driving past, it might be worth a stop to stretch the legs. It's a pretty view to the crater lake, and you can see the surrounding countryside from the ridge. You can also hike down to the crater lake itself. I would not go out of my way to see it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Leza H
    London, United Kingdom665 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous colours
    The contrast of colours between red rock and the deep blue water is beautiful. Stand at the top ridge and look down on it. There’s steps down to walk around the water. Definitely worth visiting.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
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Shaina T
Dallas, TX45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you are traveling during winter, you may want to skip this stop. We had to pay admission/parking, and then it was so windy, that we barely walked 5 minutes before I was ready to get back into the car. The ledge that you walk on along the top of the crater is difficult and any wind makes it dangerous. The lake at the bottom was frozen so everything was all white. Definitely a visit for the summer.
Written 16 March 2020
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
A beautiful volcanic lake, 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 m deep, inside the Grímsnes volcano crater in southern Iceland. Fantastic views of a beautiful crater. It's a good place for a smal trek. Be very careful descending into the crater, it can be slippy. Take a walk around the rim to fully appreciate the landscape.It is stunning. The crater is easy to walk around ,it takes maybe 20 minuts, and really cool to look at. Pictures do not reflect its beauty. Very cool place, worth a visit . There is a parking by the object. Admission to the object is symbolically paid.
Written 11 March 2020
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The best thing about this crater is it has steps down to the lake from the top (parking lot is located at the top of the crater). Along the top rim of the crater, the path is mostly wide and for those with a fear of heights, this is one of the few craters that can be navigated all the way around without turning back. There are one or two very short narrow sections, but overall, it is one of the widest rims you will find on a crater. There is a small entrance fee that is paid at a kiosk in the parking lot. Once you pay, you have the option of navigating around the rim of the crater or heading down the stairs to the lake at the bottom of the crater. If you do opt for the rim walk, and you aren't afraid of heights, you can get right up to the edge for some great pictures and breathtaking views. Otherwise, you can stay a safe distance from the edge and still enjoy the views. Extremely rare to find a create with a lake at the bottom. You can walk all the way around the lake at the bottom of the crater. The hike takes about 1/2 an hour. Well worth it for some great memories and some excellent pictures and outstanding views of Iceland.
Written 19 July 2021
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TOLO_D
Mainz, Germany67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was one of the last stops on our self-guided tour of the Golden Circle. Parking is free and the entrance is 400 isk (2,87 Euro). You can walk on top along the crater and go down to the lake, which was frozen in February, so people were sliding on the ice and writing things in huge letters in the snow. A very picturesque place.
Written 25 February 2020
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,944 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Another stop on our Golden Circle with Nice Travel. Unfortunately the weather at this stop was absolutely shocking so we sprinted from the car park the 50 or so metres to have a brief look and a photo before returning to the minibus absolutely drenched.

We only stayed at the top but apparently you can go down further towards the water, there is an entrance fee which is only a couple of pounds.

In short its a nice view and great photo opportunities but not worth travelling over 30 minutes just to see this on its own, as part of a tour its a lovely addition.
Written 6 October 2021
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Stephen L
Bristol, UK23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Entrance is IKR 400, which is just about 400 too much to go see what others have described as a hole with snow in it. In the winter it doesn't stand out too much from any other depression in the ground, albeit is a little deeper. Perhaps a summer time visit is necessary to see it properly.
Written 28 February 2020
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Katy G
London, UK256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I'd only seen summer pictures, so when we visited in January it was an entire surprise. It was a complete ice world and like nothing I've seen before. There is a minimal entrance fee and you can walk all the way round the rim of the crater but if visiting in winter, do wear crampons, they completely free you to be able to walk round normally. Also wrap up warm. As it is up high, you can also see great views of other local mountains. Be aware there are no toilets or shops at this site.
Written 7 March 2020
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hannah t
Aberdare, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
the stop here was unplanned but so glad we did.
as we went during the winter there was snow everywhere and the crater was frozen.
parking was free
there was a small fee to go to the crater but that was more than reasonable in cost.
the scenery is beautiful, it looks like something from out of this world.
my partner even managed to walk down into the crater and stand in the centre which was an experience also.
well worth a visit
Written 26 February 2020
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Trav_LN_now
Crystal Lake, IL513 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Stopped here on our self-drive Golden Circle Tour, and was disappointed. There is an admission fee, and being there in March, the crater was covered in ice and snow, so not much to really see. We felt it wasn't worth the price we paid to see it.
Written 19 March 2020
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anotheraeolist
New York City, NY233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Kerið Crater was one of our Golden Circle stops, and we had a really wonderful time visiting. The parking lot is quite busy and it's important to note that the 400 ISK entrance fee is per person, and not per car as I had originally thought. This was my only complaint as most natural attractions in Iceland are free and only charge a parking fee.

Nevertheless, the trails are quite lovely and easy to follow. There is a trail around the rim at the top, and a staircase that leads you closer to the lake. Both are fairly undemanding and I would definitely recommend taking the staircase for better views of the lake. The crater is 6500 years old, which is absolutely incredible.
Written 7 March 2024
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