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Distance

78.29 mi

Elevation gain

6,883 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

6,883 ft

Max elevation

2,707 ft

Trailrank

42

Min elevation

156 ft

Trail type

One Way
  • Video of Lakagigar (Craters of Laki)
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  • Photo of Lakagigar (Craters of Laki)
  • Photo of Lakagigar (Craters of Laki)
  • Video of Lakagigar (Craters of Laki)

Time

8 hours one minute

Coordinates

6286

Uploaded

August 28, 2015

Recorded

July 2015
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2,707 ft
156 ft
78.29 mi

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near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)

Note that the difficulty depends a lot on the weather and water level situation. There are several rivers to cross. Best is to check the road conditions with the information center in Kirkjubæjarklaustur they are very helpful and will advice based on the road condition and your car.

Note the loop at the end is by foot.

From wikipedia:

Laki or Lakagígar (Craters of Laki) is a volcanic fissure in the south of Iceland, not far from the canyon of Eldgjá and the small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Lakagígar is part of a volcanic system centered on the Grímsvötn volcano and including the Þórðarhyrna volcano. It lies between the glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull, in an area of fissures that run in a southwest to northeast direction.

The system erupted over an eight-month period between 1783 and 1784 from the Laki fissure and the adjoining Grímsvötn volcano, pouring out an estimated 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi) of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous hydrofluoric acid and sulfur dioxide compounds that killed over 50% of Iceland's livestock population, leading to a famine which then killed approximately 25% of the island's human population.

The Laki eruption and its aftermath caused a drop in global temperatures, as sulfur dioxide was spewed into the Northern Hemisphere. This caused crop failures in Europe and may have caused droughts in India. The eruption has been estimated to have killed over six million people globally, making it the deadliest in historical times.

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