Stykkishólmur - Hiking in the Berserk Lava field

Join a guided hike through some of the most fascinating landscapes on Iceland. We visit the enormous Berserk Lava Field, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption about three to four thousand years ago.

  • Walk through a vast lava field
  • See a fascinating landscape
  • Learn about local history and geology
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration

    3 hrs

  • Minimum number of passengers

    15

  • Booking code

    G-STY3

  • From

    $ 299

  • Notices

    Hike Level: 4. Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Iceland is a geological feast for the eyes. Over the past 20 million years, volcanic eruptions have created a rugged landscape with diverse features, including moss-covered lava fields, enormous craters, bizarre geological formations, ice caves and lava tubes. These are all monuments to the island's unique location along the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.

The Berserk Lava Field

The central western peninsula, Snaefellsnes, is steeped in mythical Icelandic sagas. The rugged Berserk Lava Field covers vast swathes of the region, stretching between the mountains and the sea. Its sources are four prominent, but different-sized scoria craters that lie in an east to west row and probably erupted at short intervals approximately 3,600-4,000 years ago, almost damming Lava Bay in the east, where the old main road crosses.

The lava flows created two lakes on the southern side that were obstacles to settlers. People once walked or rode horses along the southern edge of the lava or travelled past it by boat. Today three roads cross the lava field. We hike along one of the old walking paths through the lava and back.  

Practical information

  • Booking Code: G-STY3
  • Language: English
  • Port: Stykkishólmur
  • Includes: Refreshments
  • Walking Information: Approximately 0h50 in driving time, 1h40 walking along the Berserk lava trail. Dress according to local weather conditions with good footwear (closed toe recommended) with rubber or non-slip soles.
  • Remarks/Requirements: Walking information: Adequate physical fitness to walk on uneven dirt/gravel path through the lava field.

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