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Kerid Crater, Selfoss

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Admire one of Iceland's most unique natural sites, Kerid Crater. 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 Kerid Crater and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Selfoss attractions using our Selfoss trip itinerary planning site .
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  • A very nice place that allows to make a nice walk around the crater: at the top then at the level of the Lake.
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  • This crater is really interesting is literally right off of route 35 just north of Selfoss. We actually visited after doing the golden circle sights of Pingvellier, Geysir and Gullfoss. This is about ...  more »
  • Very beautiful colors-especially when the Sun is shining. You can walk all the way around and down into the crater.
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  • Beautiful stop, good for a quick hop out of the car or more of a hike up the side and a great view of the lake. Well marked trails at the main part, a bit harder to discern the trails farther up in the hill. The hike up the hill is totally worth the view though. Bathrooms in the parking lot too. No reason not to stop really, even on a cloudy day. The 400isk seems like a fair price for maintenance.
  • Went in the winter. Wasn't much there and a lot of the trails that led down were inaccessible/icy. If you slipped, you'd probably tumble into the crater. You pretty much have to make your own trail down. The lake in the middle was frozen. Probably better in the summers.
  • Great stop to visit on the golden circle, not too crowded as not many tours go there. I do think that the amount of lava rock brought in for paths and parking areas take away from the natural beauty of the area.
  • This is a beautiful crater lake with easy access from the road. There is a small cover charge, it is worth it. think we enjoyed this spot more than the 3 popular attractions on the golden circle. We were here in June.
  • 5 stars for beauty. Very accessible which means kinda crowded. Wish it involved more of a hike and less of a walk, but beautiful none the less. You only need about 20 minutes to take it all in.

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The majority of tourists who visit Selfoss come to explore the countryside that surrounds it. You won't need to map out a central location here; in fact, it can be more convenient to stay near a main road for easy access to the great outdoors. There are a number of modern hotels, guesthouses, and apartments. A cottage or country home in the outskirts can serve as a peaceful base for a romantic or family retreat.
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