The lava field or lava carpet Ögmundarhraun in Reykjanes Peninsula is fascinating for many reasons.  The whole peninsula is home to hundreds of eruptions from thousands of years ago and also from historical times. The landform is like an excellent example of how mother nature builds her land.  And although the latest eruption at Reykjanes Peninsula was about 700 years ago, the whole peninsula is still defined as active when it comes to volcanos and eruptions. Ögmundarhraun is the product of lava that spread from a volcano near the southern tip of the mountain ridge Vesturháls, which is one of two adjacent mountain ridges at Reykjanes Peninsula. The eruption occurred around 800 - 900 years ago. The lava in Ögmundarhraun is quite typical for moss-covered lava you can see in many places in Iceland and also quite accessible. 

Interesting battle by the shore where ocean meets one thousand year old lava

Interesting battle by the shore where ocean meets one thousand year old lava

Lava that flooded over farms

At the times of settlement, Reykjanes Peninsula was not an attractive place to settle down in Iceland. Some people made an effort but quickly it became apparent that it was a difficult place to make a living.  Most of the land was covered with lava, as it is today, with limited access to fertile soil. The water doesn't hold and quickly leeks deep to the ground.  In the middle of Ögmundarhraun lava is a place called Húshólmi.  It is a curious place as there are ruins that have been dated back to 870 around the time the first settlers came to Iceland. It is one of the oldest human-made structures in Iceland, deserted when the lava folded nearby and around the farm.  So we can say that the eruption both ruined and preserved the farm and protected significant antiquities. Ögmundarhraun is also a place where you can see how lava from historical times formed the coastline.  After floating from the craters, the lava ended in the ocean and moved the shoreline forward.  Although there are places in Iceland where you can see the lava meet the sea, there are not many such places, and if you decide to walk the hike to the shore, keep in mind that it is harsh and dangerous to walk the lava.

The view east from Ogmundarhraun towards the famous Krísuvíkurberg

The view east from Ogmundarhraun towards the famous Krísuvíkurberg 

Ogmundarhraun is easily accessible

For those who have rarely or ever seen a lava field, this is a great opportunity and probably one of the best places in Iceland.  When you drive from Grindavík town, on the south shore of the Reykjanes Peninsula, the road Suðurstrandarvegur Nr. 427, you will find a sign pointing south with the name Húshólmi.  Only a few meters from the intersection there are signs and a parking lot.  You need to walk from the parking lot which is a medium and refreshing hike.  The distance to the shoreline is about two kilometers, and so is the walk to Húshólmi on a track in the middle of the lava field.  By doing both, you will get a good view of a lava field that spreads over land and also lava that fights the ocean.  Both are fascinating and quite photogenic.  The whole hike should take about two to three hours but is extremely enjoyable and rewarding.

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Below is the location of Ögmundarhraun lava on the map of Iceland

Ögmundarhraun lava field is a lava carpet in the landform at Reykjanes Peninsula

On May 2rd 1943 a B-24 Liberator bomber in the US Air Force, Hot Stuff, crashed into the mountain Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland.  It was one of many aircraft accidents in Iceland during WWII but an exceptionally tragic one.  All members of the plane were killed in the crash except one.

Monument dedicated to honoring those on the B-24 when it crashed

Why stay in Grindavík?  Grindavik town in the Reykjanes Peninsula is a good place to stay at when you arrive in Iceland and also when you leave.  It is on our list of 10 most interesting towns and villages in Iceland and has a lot to offer.  It is a very active fishing town near the international airport; it is almost in walking distance to the Blue Lagoon and quite near the capital.  Grindavík is also located near some fascinating natural wonders at the Reykjanes Peninsula.
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Accommodation in Grindavík

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Grindavík Accommodation in Iceland

As a municipal, Grindavík located at Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the most interesting towns on the Icelandic coastline.  Interesting from the point of view of being a typical Icelandic fishing town and it is one of few towns in Iceland which survived the fishing quota system, created by the Icelandic government in 19

Grindavík is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland

The Reykjanes peninsula has five towns, all placed by the shore as each one is a former fishing town and at least two still are. The Reykjanes Peninsula is probably one of the places in Iceland most people visit as it is the home of the international airport and probably the place where most people pick up their rent a car or meet their tour guides. This area is in many ways different from the rest of the country. Tourism has always been a large part of the community since the International airport is located on the Reykjanes peninsula right by Keflavík (Reykjanesbær).  Together all of the towns and villages have convenient accommodations, camping sites, gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants or cafés, swimming pools and some form of recreational activity, museums, and adventure tours.  The Reykjanes Peninsula also offers spectacular sights and natural wonders and is one of the most interesting parts of Iceland with its lava, hot springs and of course the famous Blue Lagoon.