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Veiðivötn Lakes

Veidivötn Lakes are a magnificent highland oasis. They are a friend in the desert, which no one should miss. Here, the crater formations are of a true extraterrestrial character and environment, something truly unique. The contrast between black sand and gin-clear waters is unique, and many travelers find this to be the highlight of their visit. 

This part of the country is among the central highlands' youngest (1477) and wildest pearls. It comprises about 50 lakes of different sizes, which are so-called crater lakes. The area is about 20 km long and 5 km wide and has a southwest-northeast direction. The craters and the lakes lie in two rows. You have to ford the small river between the two Fossvotn lakes to get into the area. Most lakes are fed and discharged underground because the lava fields and the scoria are very absorbent.

Some of the best brown trout & arctic char fishing in Iceland (or anywhere) are found here. The lakes are rich in natural trout that are believed to be from one of the oldest stocks in Europe. They vary in size, 3-6 pounders being common, but they can occasionally reach up to incredible 25 lbs in size. They are known for their excellent taste, which many say is naturally spiced. Inquire about fishing here well in advance as the area is usually heavily booked.

The road from Veidivötn continues north to Jökulheimar on the west of Tungnaarjökull, one of the valley glaciers that "flows" from Vatnajökull. This destination is still somewhat of a well-kept secret and undiscovered by foreign travelers. Usually, the road here is open from 15 June to the middle of October - only accessible by 4WD vehicles. It is an excellent place to "get away from it all" - the silence is often total, unbroken even by bird calls.

Veiðivötn Lakes

Veiðivötn Lakes

Veidivötn Lakes are a magnificent highland oasis. They are a friend in the desert, which no one should miss. Here, the crater formations are of a true