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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  • lithlith
    878 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crater Visit
    This is a very unique attraction to visit. You're able to walk all the way around the rim as well as down in the crater to the water. You'll get great photos from any where. The amount of time you stay is dependent on if you just want a photo or if you want to hike around. Note that the parking is free, but there is a per person entrance fee and no bathrooms.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • 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
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Justin R
Lino Lakes, MN352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
You wouldn't normally think a crater with a lake in it would be interesting but this one is. It's only about $4 per person to get in so it doesn't break the bank. It's well worth about 45 minutes of your time to walk around both the top and bottom. I know my kids (3 and 6) both enjoyed the short hikes.
Written 11 July 2024
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN1,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Parking is free, but there is an entrance fee per person. The red crater is filled with serene water, creating a beautiful sight. Despite its initial appearance of being small, it is actually quite sizable.
Written 4 July 2024
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada1,012 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
There is a small fee to enter this place, but it is worth checking out. This is a large volcanic crater filled with blue-green water. You can hike along the top, all the way around the crater. Then you can descend to the water's edge and do the loop again at the bottom. Great place for photo opps! But don't lose your footing because the walls are steep and the paths are pretty narrow in places.
Written 29 June 2024
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Faithfultraveler
Halifax, Canada2,289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, along the Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland's Western Volcanic Zone.

It is now believed that Kerið was a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into the empty magma chamber. The current pool of water at the bottom of the crater is at the same level as the water table and is not caused by rainfall.

It was the only site requiring paid admission: Land owners charge an entrance fee to see the crater of 600 ISK per person (as of June 2024).

See pic. For scale and scope note the tiny little ant-like people walking on the rim and down the path to the left. It's huge!
Written 22 June 2024
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Morgan Edwards
Flint, MI135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Must see stop! The view from up there is great for all around the area and the crater. You do pay an entry fee so consider that. It was a little busier than I expected but manageable. You can walk the perimeter of the top of the crater. Its is not too challenging or a very long walk. You can also take stairs down next to the water at the bottom of the crater. We didn’t do that as we were sore from other stairs earlier in the day. But it is possible. Water was a really pretty color in the crater.
Written 6 June 2024
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Belinda H
New York City, NY720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful crater. Small admissions fee but it’s worth it! Hike around it from the top, and you can also go down to the crater.
Written 17 May 2024
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TrailBlazer235382
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I CANCELED MY TOUR DUE TO THE LAVA BUT I WAS CHARGED FOR TOUR $150.00
I AM NOTIFYING YOU SO YOU CAN CORRECT YOUR MISTAKE
I DIDN'T GO TO ICELAND
ALL WAS CANCELED IN JANUARY
PLEASE CORRECT YOUR ERROR
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Written 3 May 2024
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Piotr M
Warsaw, Poland1,096 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
very nice attraction to visit, when I was there in April 2024 it was cold and windy and the lake was frozen, but the view was still amazing
Written 24 April 2024
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SorenWH
Copenhagen Region, Denmark288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Fantastic scenery where you can walk down to the water and around the crater at the top. Parking is right next to the crater
Written 22 April 2024
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Janice
Glasgow700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
What an experience going to the top of the volcano and walking around. Very rough path in places, just take your time and enjoy the view. Great being able to stop here on the Golden Circle Tour.
Written 15 April 2024
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