About Laki craters
Laki craters is a truly fascinating place, which includes spectacular craters, very strange mountains, lakes, creating a colourful nature. The visitors will be charmed when exploring the crater area, walking on the gravel roads, surrounded by lava fields, on the hills that open great views over the area. In June 1783, the Laki craters erupted ,that created a lot of damages to Europe, fumigated many parts of Europe with volcanic gases and volcanic particles. This volcanic cloud implied a very strange climatic meteorologic anomalies, represented by very hot summer in 1783, and stringent winter time. The Laki’s eruptions are included in the worst disaster for the nature, reshaping the pitoresque landscapes of Iceland, realising outside over 30 billion tons of lava, and dangerous gases for the health, causing the “haze famine” that killed thousands of Iceladers. The eruption from 1783 created a 25 metres long volcanic fissure, including over 100 crater cones.
The whole mass of lava that erupted is considered the largest one in the last historical time, with a mass covering over 565 square kilometers. The Laki craters are 20-50 metres tall , the tallest one stand at about 100 metres high, being visible through the surroundings. The material of the craters are black and red scoria, some of them are even made of solid lava. The Laki crater formed during the years 1783-1784, having the name dedicated to the central peak of the area, Laki. At the southern side of the crater lies the mountain Hnuta, where has been opened the first fissure. The lava that comes out from the Laki craters cover an area of about 0.5% of the Iceland’s area. It is running out in two branches, the western branch is called Eldhraun, the eastern branch is called Brunuhraun. This picturesque region relates unrepeatable landscapes, with amazing sightseeings. The visitors are amazed by the mystical area that delight their eyes. The lava field is truly charming, reflecting a very splendid period, that offered the favorable time for the Laki craters formation. The tours that are organized create a unique chance for the tourists who will hike on the wonderful hills. This spectacular area is a real unforgettable place, which created a picturesque and majestic ambiance, opening stunning views, surrounded by very adventurous craters, where you can spend a lovely time, regarding your spirit of adventure, giving you the energy that you need to spend on this fascinating and peaceful spot.
By Eugenia Cvasov
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Iceland is loaded with great and amazing places that are worth to be visited while traveling in this country. It has a rich patrimony of picturesque landscapes where the guests can spend a truly fascinating vacation. The tourists have a large variety of touristic destinations from easy to get to and very hard to get to, which transform this country into a majestic paradise, full of unrepeatable places. If you plan a trip in Iceland we definitely suggest you to see its best places, in order to have an unforgettable trip full of adventures.