Lúdentarborgir Crater

Lúdent´s Craters – Super Jeep Adventure

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Lúdentaborgir crater row - Dimmuborgir lava fields - Geology of Lake Mývatn area

This volcanic crater Ludent tour takes you off the beaten track and into the wilderness in the mountains surrounding lake Myvatn. Lesser known places, great views, pristine snow fields and old volcanic areas and craters play the biggest role in this Super-jeep tour.

Lúdent or Lúdentarskál is an ash ring formed in phreatic explosions as water came into contact with magma in the feeder conduit causing steam explosions. The change from water into steam at 1 bar pressure increases the volume more than a thousand times. Basaltic magma is of low viscosity and as a rule dissolved gases are released rather gently during decompression of the upflowing magma as lava fountains. Lúdent is among the oldest eruptive units of Heiðarsporðar. There must have been a lake at the site when the eruption occurred or rock of high permeability and water table. Craters such as Lúdent  occur primarily in shallow water. Surtsey is an example. Eruptions of this type are called surtseyan. (Ísor, Iceland geo survey website 31.8.2015)

At the end of the Ludent-tour it is optional to visit the Mývatn nature baths.

You can book a private tour by contacting info@geotravel.is

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