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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 Tickets 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 Get To Kerid by Public Transport

  • By renting a car.

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Address: South, Iceland

Ticket Price: 350 ISK

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Time Required: 00:45 Mins

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  • It was gorgeous! There were definitely people there at 11am on a Saturday, but it was not at all unpleasant. The parking lot is too small, we had to wait 5-10 minutes for a spot. The entrance fee was reasonable, considering how much restoration will have to be done in a few years, especially because people tend to not stay on the marked paths. Overall, I would definitely put it on your list, especially if you are in the area. There is something for everyone, from grandma who can only walk a few meters to the outlook to the little kid who can play with the colorful rocks. Well worth the 1/2 hour drive from our house, we spent about an hour and a half there. Beautiful.

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  • Place was awesome except for the entrance fee. If you have a 14 year old kid, just hide him/her or say you got a 12 year old child because they're free and anyone under. Not sure about student discounts. You can walk all the way around and eventually take the rocky steps down to the bottom. Fun fun :)

  • It's beautiful. Simply beautiful. Don't go there expecting the complex beauty of a glacier or waterfall... it's a hole in the ground folks... but it's beautiful in it's own simple way. Walk down to the bottom of the crater and sit reflexively by the side of the water... it's just nice.

  • We had a blast, was worth every penny of the small access fee. We stayed in a summer house near Kerid and went there first thing in the morning. We were the only people at the crater which made a huge difference. The isolation added and excellent feel to the experience and the pictures. Was a great place to experience alone with my wife.

  • A very well put together facility with nicely-marked trails and thorough information, as well. The attraction itself, when considering everything one can see/experience in Iceland is pretty ho-hum (less exciting/extraordinary) as it's basically a large (but not huge) crater with water in its basin. Plus, you have to pay 400kr to visit it as an adult (children under 12 are free), so there are much more interesting spots in Iceland to visit for free.

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