Laki

Laki is one of the most amazing mountains in Iceland. Really! Not because its shape, not because it is tall or anything like this. It is famous and amazing and famous thanks to views it offers. Laki is situated almost exactly in the middle of a Lakagígar volcanic fissure made of 134 volcanic craters. All this has started on 8th of June 1783 when the Earth cracked in one of the greatest volcanic eruptions of all time.

At the end in February 1784, the score was devastating. At least 50% of all Icelandic livestock died as well as about 25% of the population. And additionally, this eruption which produced more than 12 km³ of volcanic material and covered 565 km² of the surface with lava influenced heavily not just the Icelandic climate, but the European climate as a whole. It is believed it has had a deep impact on events which ultimately resulted in French Revolution.

You can see the Vatnajökull glacier on one end of the Lakagígar craters and the Mýrdalsjökull glaciar on the other.

How to find Mt. Laki:

Laki mountain is in Icelandic highlands approx. 50 kilometers/30 miles north from Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 hours ride). The route will take you past the famous and beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and the Fagrifoss waterfall. Then after crossing several streams and rivers there is a parking lot, where you can rest and where you´ll get info about the area from rangers. You can climb the Laki mountain quite easily in less than 30 minutes.

GPS coordinates of the Laki: 64.070248, -18.237391 Take me there!

Photos of and from the Mt. Laki:

climbing Mt. Laki
climbing Mt. Laki
views from Mt. Laki
Lakagígar craters
Lakagígar craters and the Vatnajökull glacier
Lakagígar craters and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Lakagígar craters as seen from the Mt. Laki

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