LAKAGIGAR VOLCANO AND LAVA TOUR
BY SECRET ICELAND
Book Lakagigar Volcano Expedition
Duration 8 hours. Departure from Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Join the full day tour to Lakagigar Craters in Vatnajokull National Park. You will travel on a Super Jeep specially modified in Iceland to be able to deal with the tough surroundings in the highlands and on glaciers. The main focus is on individuals on these guided small-group tours with a maximum of 11 passengers.
LIVESTREAM FROM THE ERUPTION IN GELDINGADALIR
Just over 200 years ago an Icelandic volcano erupted with catastrophic consequences for weather, agriculture and transport across the northern hemisphere. The Lakagígar row of craters stretches about 25 kilometers and the lava field of Skaftáreldahraun is thought to be around 565 km2 and 12 km3. This is believed to be among the most amount of lava that has flowed on earth in historical times.
The eruption is now thought to have disrupted the Asian monsoon cycle, prompting famine in Egypt. Environmental historians have also pointed to the disruption caused to the economies of northern Europe, where food poverty was a major factor in the build-up to the French revolution of 1789.
Lakagigar (Laki Craters) are a part of Vatnajökull National Park. In 2018, Vatnajökull National Park was nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List. The nomination is currently being reviewed by UNESCO.
You will travel in a specially modified huge super jeep with experienced local guides.
Super Jeep is a four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicles equipped with massive suspension systems and tires ranging from 38″ to 46″ size. Besides using enormous tires, these vehicles have reshaped bodies to house the larger wheels, extended suspension, and a special lift kit to increase the ride height.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US
Lakagígar or the Craters of Laki is a 27 kilometres long eruptive fissure consisting of 140 craters. The mountain Laki is standing in the middle of the row and from the top of the mountain is amazing view. The craters started to erupt 1783 resulting in the largest lava flow in the recorded history.
Owners of Secret Iceland are the brothers Guðmann Ísleifsson and Trausti Ísleifsson. They are highly experienced and certified local guides with more than 25 years of experience in travelling around the Icelandic highland by super jeep in wintertime as well as in summer.
We started our tour to Lakagigar 2010 to give people the option to get a guided tour with locals and travel in a specially modified super jeep to get the most out of the day with maximum comfort.
Our father Ísleifur Guðmannsson and our uncle Reynir Ragnarsson made the road to Lakagigar around 1963. It was made for the farmers to make it a little easier to gather the sheep from the mountains. The rough track is not suitable for smaller 4×4 vehicles and there is always a risk of damage by sharp rocks, potholes and rivers to cross.
The track is now maintained by the government but only fixed and grated once a year in the spring. It´s still a rough track and our Super Jeep is just the right vehicle to get there. A muscular built up 4×4, modified in Iceland to be able to deal with the tough surroundings in the highlands and on glaciers.
We promise you both informative and colourful explanations about the history and geology of the area and we will make sure this is a day well spent.
Secret Iceland is a licensed tour operator, authorised by the Icelandic Tourist Board since 2010.
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