southern iceland guide

S37a – Lava Field *

how to get there
Distance from Vic ~ 58 km (36 mi)
Travel time ~ 40 min


Head from Vic by following Route 1 to the northeast.
Not far from the Laufskálavarða ridge, Route 1 goes through a beautiful lava field covered with a thick carpet of Icelandic moss. Shimmering in all shades of green, it spreads along the slopes, stones, and crevices. It's incredibly soft to the touch.

Stop here and take a little walk. Keep in mind that while walking on the moss field is allowed, running and jumping are prohibited – Icelandic moss is very delicate and doesn't grow in places where it has been damaged.