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Visiting the Viti crater in Iceland (Krafla volcano)

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Another rainy day on our trip through Iceland. What better time to visit the volcano Krafla and specifically the crater Viti. Jokes aside, we had to follow our itinerary and the weather was not going to change it. Total, we are in Iceland and anything can happen. From a volcanic eruption, an earthquake, an intense snowfall or a strong storm. We have to be prepared for anything but fortunately none of this happened to us that day.


The amazing Viti crater on the Krafla volcano in Iceland

The Viti crater on the Krafla volcano in Iceland

In mid-June it is still cool in Iceland. We have around 8/10 degrees and no light beam crosses the clouds. The sun is on vacation for today and we will have no choice but to build patience, in addition to putting on a jacket that repels water and wind. It is from those days that one would have stayed at home.


The amazing Viti crater on the Krafla volcano in Iceland

We arrive at crater Viti, one of the many that there is in the gigantic volcano of Krafla of 10 kilometers of diameter. The night was durilla when sleeping in the back of the car, saving things and because it is a good way to spend the night in unimaginable places. We were alone and from the parking we still couldn't see the crater itself. The truth that from a distance does not have the typical shape of a crater.


The amazing Viti crater on the Krafla volcano in Iceland

We take the path that leaves the parking lot and quickly reach the main viewpoint of the Viti crater. It is immense, it hardly enters the wide angle. Part of it is still covered with snow from the last winter which contrasts with the intense blue of the lake that presides over the crater.


The amazing Viti crater on the Krafla volcano in Iceland

Around the crater there is a route that completely borders the Viti crater, although it is so monotonous that it is only worth traveling part of it. The Viti is the king and there is nothing that makes him shadow around him. There are only a few coolers on small craters and the occasional fumarole expelling that characteristic smell produced by sulfur.

This is what the crater Viti and the truth is that it was such a bad day that we did not choose to do any of the hiking trails that are in the area of ​​the Krafla volcano.

Practical data

When to go to the Viti crater?

Seeing the snow that was still there in early summer, winter is probably not a good time to visit the area. It is likely that the road is only open to a thermal power plant located a few kilometers away, but the rest of the road may be closed due to snow accumulation. Therefore spring, summer and autumn are the best times.

How to get to the Viti crater?

One of the areas with fumaroles, craters, areas with boiling mud and most famous geysers in northern Iceland isHverir. From here and in the east direction on the ring road you will find a first crossing that turns right. At the end of this road is the Viti crater.

Where to sleep near the crater Viti?

The options go to the town of Reikhalíò at the foot of Lake Myvatn.

  • Eldá Guesthouse: one of the most “cheap” options in the area. Nothing awesome.
  • Vogar Travel Service: cozy hotel with camping area.
  • Reynihlid Hotel: one of the best options in the area and with good views of the lake.

Do I have to pay to visit the Viti crater?

Nothing. It is completely free.

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