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

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Kerid

  • 95% of people who visit Selfoss include Kerid in their plan

  • 35.19% of people start their Kerid visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Kerid

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

94.91% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kerid

People normally club together Tre Og List and Reykjadalur Hot Springs while planning their visit to Kerid.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Kerid, Selfoss Reviews

  • A wonderful example of a volcanic crater that brings all those geography lessons to life. From the amazing colours of rock, the classic shape of the volcanic crater, the Bond like lake at the bottom, to the overall scale of the crater (and the others nearby) this is a must see if you are in the area. The parking is free, but entry is a few Kroner, the money being used to maintain the facilities. If you can visit when the sun is lower in the sky, you can take some lovely photos from within the crater. The walk is steep and some of the ground a little loose and uneven, so take care. There are viewing areas and a walk around the top of the crater as well as the lake at the bottom. Enjoy!

  • Despite claims that they are trying to make it more colourful by adding gravel to the paths to stop erosion, this is worth a look. Yes it is busy, but that is a sign that lots of people agree this is an interesting place. 400 ISK is a small price to pay. We enjoyed it and walked around the top and the lake.

  • Absolutely stunning area. We found this on a few blogs/forums as a place to add on to your Golden Circle route if you were driving it yourself and were so glad we stopped here. It cost a small amount to get in (can't remember if it was 200 or 400 each) but was well worth it, especially as you won't have had to pay for any of the other attractions on the Golden Circle route. One warning, it was really windy while we were here and we decided to walk round the top of the crater. Make sure you take car as there are some areas where you can take great photos from, but it's only a stiff breeze from knocking you over the side as there are no barriers!

  • This little lake is fairly impressive. The formation itself is awe inspiring but there are some downsides. There is an entrance fee of 400isk per adult, it was crowded, and they artificially color some of the area with red stone to make it appear more vivid. A bit more touristy than much of Iceland, but most of the "Golden Circle" is like that. It was worth a quick stop but expect to see people all around it in your photos.

  • Cool views and beautiful example of a volcano on the Golden Circle. Not really worth the 400 ISK despite signs for "improving the area." The walk around the top provides various perspectives and photo opportunities. Not super busy (April 2018) and a very clean area. You can walk to the bottom of the crater which is filled with water for a different perspective. Worth it to say you did, but there are better options depending on your time/budget.

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