There are places in Iceland that make you feel like you are visiting another planet. Iceland’s Lava Fields are frequent in the landscape in a thick strip through the middle of Iceland from The North East to the KEF international airport. This strip is the newer part of Iceland and is constantly expanding. Lava fields are a reminder of how volatile Iceland can be.

Craters and Fissures

Interestingly, the lava is the same material as the black sand on most of Iceland’s beaches. The difference is the way they come out of the volcano. Lava fields come from both small, low level volcanoes and fissure eruptions. The black sand comes from much larger Volcanoes with glaciers on them. Mixing huge chunks of glacier ice and molten lava produces violent eruptions that turn the lava into ash or sand.

No man’s land

As you travel in and out of Reykjavik and the surrounding towns, you might notice that where the city begins, the lava field ends. This shows how close Reykjavik could be to Volcanic activity and also how Nature is boss, because it is almost impossible to develop a lava field apart from making an elevated road over it. The lava fields are not only difficult to build on, but they are almost impossible to walk across without your clothes and shoes getting ripped. In deep snow they are even more dangerous because you can sink into deep hole.

Eldhraun Lava Field

Fire lava field
Eldhraun means ‘Fire Lava Field’ and was named by the Icelanders who actually experienced the catastrophic crater eruption in 1783. Eldraun is Europe’s largest lava field started at Mount Laki to the South West of the Vatnajökull Glacier and quite close to the peaceful village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Eldhraun lava field winter snow

Eldhraun lava field under Winter snow.

A year without a Summer

The effects of the poisonous gases, ash clouds and crop failures was devastating in Iceland. One in every five Icelanders (20%) lost there lives, leaving every family in the area affected. The following year (1784) was know as ‘The year without a Summer’ in Alaska. Some theories suggest that it caused crop failures in Europe which led to the French Revolution in 1789.

Eldhraun Summer

Eldhraun lava field in the Summer.

Berserkjahraun Lava Field

Berserkjahraun is such a wild location that it was named after the notorious Berserka Viking. ‘Berserka’ means ‘Bear Shirt’. These fierce battle Vikings were considered to be possessed by supernatural powers that made them invincible and even fire-proof. The shapes of volcanic lava found at Berserkjahraun on the Snæfellsnes Peninsular are so wild and extreme that they were named after these warriors. The fiery flow came from the red craters close to the Northern shoreline.

Berserkjahraun Snaefellsness

Berserkjahraun in the North part of the Snaefellsness peninsula.

Berserkjahraun Lava Field

A jeep track through Berserkjahraun.

Other locations

Lava Fields can be found at many of Iceland’s top photo locations. Godafoss and Hraunfossa are waterfalls that flow through the lava landscape. The black church at Buðir is right on the door step of Buðahraun flow on the Southern shoreline of the Snaefellsness peninsula.

Multi-day tours

These are multi-day photo tours that include Lava flows. If conditions are good these crater landscapes can offer good landscape photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
  • SiXPaXMaX
  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
  • FlyTour – Jökulsarlon

    Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.

    Four day North Iceland

    This 4 day North Iceland photo tour aims to capture the brilliant Goðafoss waterfall in its Winter glory as well as other amazing features in the Myvatn area.
    Book online from $4,913 USD

    Summer: Wonderful West

    The magical lure of Iceland’s Westfjords is the steep mountain fjords packed with RAW nature and wildlife.

    Three day Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn & South Coast

    Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.

    Seven day Full Circle

    Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
    Prices from $8,847 USD

    Golden Circle Tours

    The Golden Circle tour is a nicely paced, adventure filled, photo tour in South West Iceland. The tour visits Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and The tectonic plates at Thingvellir National Park.

    Landscape Photography

    Here are some more landscape photos of Iceland.