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Hverfjall Volcano

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Among all breathtaking places Iceland provides, one of the most unique and still tourism-free is Hverfjall volcano. If you have been wondering what is like to be on the moon, maybe you will find your answer there. Let’s have a deeper look in this anthracite marvel.
Islande - Le Volcan Hverfjall


Hverfjall volcano, next to Myvatn.


The surroundings of Myvatn Lake are full of surprises. One of them is Hverfjall volcano, located in the East of Myvatn, Northern Iceland. During our June 2015 expedition, we have discovered this huge amount of sand and rocks. The crater was formed after a huge and unique eruption, 2500 years ago. After many years of erosion, it is nearly fully circular now. 250 meters high, 140 deep and with a 1 kilometer (!!) diameter, Hverfall is one of the biggest volcanic crater in the world.
Islande - Le Volcan Hverfjall

Hverfjall, a geologic newborn.

As dry, hostile and wonderful as it might seem, it is hard to believe that only yesterday (on a geologic scale), 2500 years ago, this amount of sand was one day related to a full eruption of molten lava. The climbing, just 20 minutes long, is done only by 2 different paths. One hour will be needed to go around the crater to get all of its essence. Bring some good shoes and windbreakers because the sight is not the only one which may blow you away !

Hverfjall is easily reachable, 4 km from the Ring Road on road 848, with all types of vehicles.
Islande - Le Volcan Hverfjall
Islande - Le Volcan Hverfjall

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