Laki & Lakagigar

Laki is the name of the volcano that caused the infamous 1783 eruption that nearly wiped out Iceland as a nation. Lava and poisonous gas wiped out farms and livestock causing nationwide famine from which the country barely recovered.

It is the largest eruption in Icelandic history and although Laki is dormant, evidence from the eruption is left in the form of the Lakagigar crater series.

Lakagigar stretches an impressive 25 kilometers (15.5 mi) of spectacular lava formations in bright red and black colors. Many of the craters are still steaming and the view from the top leaves many visitors speechless.