Laki is a rather small mountain similar to many other mountains in Iceland but unlike other mountains, as it has an extraordinary reputation. Laki Mountain is approximately 820 meters high and stands 300 meters over its surrounding area deep in the highland of Iceland. Before June 8th, 1783 Laki was just an ordinary lonely and peaceful mountain. But all that changed when large fissures opened both to the west and east side of the mountain forcing an unprecedented amount of magma to the surface. Although Laki was more or less unharmed, the eruption ripped the northeastern part of Laki apart leaving some interesting cracks in that part of the mountain. Contrary to outspread writings and wrong information Laki had nothing to do with the Skaftáreldar eruption. Laki is not even a crater or a volcano. But when people came to the source of the catastrophic events when things cooled down in 1784 they named the craters on both sides after Laki, the Laki craters.
A rewarding trip to go to Laki
The mountain Laki is deep in the Icelandic highland. It is a place you could easily call a geological and geographic wonderland. After the eruption, Laki became an excellent place to climb to view the magnitude and source of the Skaftáreldar eruption. As time passed, more and more people became interested in this one of a kind place. Today it is becoming one of the main attractions in the Icelandic highland and probably soon one of the main attractions in Iceland. A path to walk up to the top is on the south side and another to go down on the west side of Laki. It is a good trail that is quite easy to walk and very rewarding, as the view is stunning. The cracks on the northeastern side are also quite impressive, especially when you think about how they were formed.
The trip and drive to Laki is a day tour
The drive to Laki is a rough, hard road with rivers to cross, and only fit for a real 4WD. This part of Iceland is only accessible during summer from the end of June until the middle of September. The drive also requires a lot of patience as your average speed the whole 40 kilometers is probably under 30 kilometers per. hour. The same applies for the drive back. You start your drive by turning north on the Ring Road Nr. 1 on the south shore a short distance west of the small village of Kirkjubærjarklaustur. Here you turn to Holtsvegur Road Nr. 206. After driving just two kilometers past the farm Hunkubakkar, you turn north again to the Lakavegur Highland and Mountain Road Nr. F206. Follow the road for 40 kilometers, and you will reach Laki. You can even make more of the tour by visiting Fagrifoss Waterfall and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon on your way back.
Below is the location of Laki mountain on the map of Iceland