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Learn about living with active volcanos through enroot information panels, centres and museums, where you can also purchase our hiking maps and booklets. Keep a keen eye out for activities and enterprises certified by Katla Geopark which ensure you the best of local knowledge and local products.

Geology

Iceland lies astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where tectonic plates move apart from each other causing a rift zone. In addition, a mantle plume is centred under the South-East of Iceland (Vatnajökull-glacier).

Known for it´s waterfalls and black beaches with basalt columns and sea stacks, Katla Geopark (9542 km2) lies along the most volcanically active area of Iceland. The interaction between the rift zone and the mantle plume causes diverse and frequent volcanic activity constantly changing the landscape and influencing the pattern of settlement and vegetation. Ice-capped central volcanoes rule the area. Outlet glaciers and glacial rivers flow from them and outbursts from subglacial eruptions have formed the great outwash plains in the lowlands. You will find the world’s largest fields of rootless cones and the most extensive lava fields of modern times covered in fragile moss. In the highlands, the impressive crater row, Laki, and an open volcanic fissure, Eldgjá, are featured along the rift zone. None of the rock you will see is older than 3 million years, and the youngest is yet to come…

Highlights in Katla Geopark & Vestmannaeyjar

ÁRNES

ÁRNES

One of Iceland’s most popular tourist areas, inland Árnessýsla boasts a wealth of natural wonders and well-marked historical sites. Hot springs and ge
ÁSAHREPPUR

ÁSAHREPPUR

Ásahreppur is a community on the western edge of Rangárvallasýsla and takes its name from  “the ásar”, natural ridges in the area. On the Ring Road th
BORG

BORG

Borg is a growing small village. There you will find a swimming pool , campsite, grocery store and coffee house.
BRAUTARHOLT

BRAUTARHOLT

A small village. Swimming pool, shop, community center and camp site.
EYRARBAKKI

EYRARBAKKI

Eyrarbakki, pop. 585, is a friendly village that used to be the largest commercial community and main harbor on the South Coast of Iceland. A large nu
FLÓAHREPPUR

FLÓAHREPPUR

Flóahreppur is a peaceful municipality situated in South Iceland, between the two large Salmon Rivers Hvítá and Þjórsá. Flóahreppur is famous for it´s
FLÚÐIR

FLÚÐIR

Flúðir is a rapidly growing community in the centre of Hrunamannahreppur district, about 25 minutes off the main Ring Road. The area is considered to
HELLA

HELLA

Inhabitants in Rangárþing ytra (westen Rangárþing) are 1526 (year 2016). The borders of the district are by Ásahreppur district, from the river Þjórsá
HVERAGERÐI

HVERAGERÐI

Great numbers of people pass through or by Hveragerði each year. With a population of about 2300 and located only 45 km from Reykjavik, Hveragerði may
HVOLSVÖLLUR

HVOLSVÖLLUR

Hvolsvöllur – Rangárþing eystra with a population of about 1800, is a vast district in central South Iceland and ranges from the highlands to the sea.
HÖFN

HÖFN

Hornafjörður is a blooming community close to the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull in the south eastern part of Iceland. The district’s most den
KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR

KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR

Skaftárhreppur Skaftárhreppur district is the centre of the south of Iceland and the perfect location to stay while taking day tours to see many of Ic
LAUGARÁS

LAUGARÁS

The development of the small village Laugarás started when geothermal activity was discovered in the area. There are numerous horticultural farms in t
LAUGARVATN

LAUGARVATN

Laugarvatn is a shallow lake, about 2 km2 in size, and is located in the inlands of Árnessýsla, midway between Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, 100 km
REYKHOLT

REYKHOLT

The development of the small village Reykholt started in the first half of the 20th century, when geothermal activity was discovered in the area. Ther
SELFOSS

SELFOSS

Selfoss, pop. 8.832 is the largest town in South Iceland and the main center of trade and industry. The distance from the capital is 57 km and various
SKÓGAR

SKÓGAR

Skógar is a small village with about 25 inhabitants. Despite it‘ssmall size it has various accommodation and restaurant possibilities. Skógarused to b
SÓLHEIMAR ECO-VILLAGE

SÓLHEIMAR ECO-VILLAGE

Sólheimar is considered the oldest Eco-Village in the world. Sólheimar were established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses
STOKKSEYRI

STOKKSEYRI

STOKKSEYRI Stokkseyri, pop. 559, is a charming village renowned for its beautiful seashore, breaking ocean waves and birdlife as well as being rich i
VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)

VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)

The Westman Islands are a group of islands off the south coast of Iceland. They consist of 15 islands in addition to 30 cliffs and skerries that make
VÍK

VÍK

Mýrdalshreppur is one of the three municipalities within Katla Geopark, a UNESCO Global geopark. Vík in Mýrdalshreppur is situated in the center of th
ÞORLÁKSHÖFN

ÞORLÁKSHÖFN

The main town in Ölfus is Þorlákshöfn, west of Eyrarbakki. The town is important as a port because the only viable harbour on Iceland's southern coast
ÞYKKVIBÆR

ÞYKKVIBÆR

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ÖLFUS

ÖLFUS

The main town in Ölfus is Þorlákshöfn, west of Eyrarbakki. The town is important as a port because the only viable harbour on Iceland's southern coast