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Kerið, Selfoss

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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Admire one of Iceland's most unique natural sites, Kerið. Formed more than six millennia ago, the volcanic crater is about 55 m (180 ft) deep and 270 m (890 ft) across. Look inside and see the aquamarine lake at the bottom, which derives its striking color from minerals in the soil. Most of the crater's moss-covered slopes are steep, but one is gentle enough to descend to the waterline. Take care when walking down, as there are no steps and the ground can be slippery. The crater is close to the road, and there is plenty of space to park nearby. Plan to visit Kerið and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Selfoss attractions using our Selfoss trip itinerary planning site.
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  • The crater is reached via a series of steps and inclined path. It was raining, so a little slippery and the colors of the crater and water were muted, but we still thought it very cool. It's a quick.....  more
    The crater is reached via a series of steps and inclined path. It was raining, so a little slippery and the colors of the crater and water were muted, but we still thought it very cool. It's a quick.....  more »
  • It’s ok, nice view, but not worth the 400 isk. Sadly we didn’t know that after 6 p.m its free. If you drive by you could consider visiting, but i wouldn’t drive just there to see the crater. 
    It’s ok, nice view, but not worth the 400 isk. Sadly we didn’t know that after 6 p.m its free. If you drive by you could consider visiting, but i wouldn’t drive just there to see the crater.  more »
  • This is the smallest crater we visited while in Iceland. Frustrated they charge $3.50/person as we only stayed for 1 minute as it was pouring down rain. Other craters we visited were free. 
    This is the smallest crater we visited while in Iceland. Frustrated they charge $3.50/person as we only stayed for 1 minute as it was pouring down rain. Other craters we visited were free.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. Unique colors that photos don't do justice. Easy walk. Gravel is more comfortable underfoot than most. Was surprised, but it really does look different from all around the rim. The entrance fee is more than fair for the required maintenance to the park. Bring a bug net/face cover for the midges.
  • Cool place but winter isn't the time to visit as the colors are masked by snow. It was a nice stop to break up our day so I would certainly recommend it if you are in the area.
  • This is a cool site but relative to all the really cool stuff in this country, I’d skip it. Easy parking and fast access to the site. You can go around the rim or down to the water.
  • Nice Crater, very easy to get there, less than a minute walk to the edge. The colors of the water and the red rocks around it are really nice.
  • It was a nice stop off. It was definitely slippery, so make sure to bring your crampons (I went in the winter). I made it down to the lake, which was also quite the sight.

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