Kerid, Selfoss

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  • Address: South, Iceland, Selfoss
  • Ticket Price: 350 ISK
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Lake
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About Kerid, Selfoss

The Kerid is a volcanic crater lake located in South Iceland and formed thousands of years back due to the eruption of a cone volcano and the emptying of its magma reserve which resulted in its eventual collapse and the formation of a hug crater. A lake was formed due to its eventual filling by underwater sources. Though the lake is shallow and aquamarine, because of its surrounding red walls the colors keep changing and are marvelous to view. People are free to roam around and inside the crater and when the weather is good, they can even climb inside the crater to explore the lake properly though the water is too cold to take a dip inside. Many concerts have taken place with the performers floating on a boat or raft on the lake and the audience seated on the surrounding walls. It makes up for a good round of exploring and trekking.

Shape of Lake: Oval

Dimensions: 55 meters deep, 170 meters wide and 270 meters across. 

Kerid Information

  • Sunset and sunrise timings may drastically vary in Iceland and thus visiting timings should also be altered according to month of visit.

Kerid Ticket Prices

  • Children of age 12 and younger have free admission.

Kerid Opening and Closing Hours

  • Recommended time to visit is 10 am to 2 pm.

How To reach Kerid by Public Transport

  • By renting a car.

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Kerid, Selfoss Reviews

  • This tourist attraction is extremely easy to reach by car and worth the cost of admission. Give yourself 30-45 minutes to truly enjoy the view and walk the perimeter. I visited in winter and the trail was quite slippery. I did not take the steps to the bottom as the ice seemed too treacherous, but if you have good ice boots you could make it.

  • One of a kind attraction, like most in Iceland. South of the golden circle, can easily be put into any tour if you have time to spare. A decent sized car park is available and a small fee to get into the crater which we didn't mind paying as the site is well cared for. The crater was a great sight in winter as the lake is completely frozen over, something which cannot be experienced in many places. The path down to the lake is very steep and quite slippy in some places so take caution, steps to go most of the way, but there are a few places where worn steps can become a little dangerous at icy times. A must see for me!

  • This was such a fun stop on the Golden Circle. I was expecting a brilliant blue lake (as seen in photos online), but as you can see it was frozen over and covered in snow in January. Nonetheless, we enjoyed walking around the crater rim and taking in the views. Plenty of parking available as well.

  • This stop was very cool. It cost to park and see the crater - 400 kronur per person (but kids were free) this was not in guide books but goes to help protect natural wonders and improve the area so we didn't mind paying. Very beautiful!

  • Absolutely stunning. No words can describe this natural wonder. This is a must visit in the golden circle tour, you won't be disappointed. There is a charge to get in though.

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