Located in a country that has a lot of wonderful sights to offer as far as lakes are concerned, Kerid Crater Lake still manages to stand out. Having a near blue color and surrounded by red volcanic rocks, it appears different from the others. The rock minerals from the rocks beneath tend to give the lake’s water a strangely unique color. Its main source of water is underground water. The volcanic red covers the slopes almost wholly, although one of the slopes, the less steep one, is covered by moss. Although not a very easy descent, this side of the slopes can be descended down to the lake.
It is a 55 meter descent by the time you are standing by the lake, a peaceful location away from noise and a scene to behold. The high slopes of the caldera shield the bottom of the caldera from most winds, leaving the lake calm and harmonious. But its uniqueness is not even in this; geologically this caldera is thought to have been formed differently from the others. Instead of exploding like other calderas, Kerid was a volcano that erupted and the left some magma inside. The magma that remained within then exhausted itself, leaving a void thus leading to the caving in that formed the caldera. This hollow was later filled by water leading to formation of the lake.
Kerid is one of the many crater lakes in the Western Volcanic Zone of Iceland. It is a volcanic lake, and the caldera within which the lake is located is about 55 meters deep and 150 meters wide. Spanning just about 270 meters across, Kerid Crater Lake could possibly be the world’s smallest caldera lake. The lake itself, although, is less than 15 meters deep during high rain seasons and not more than 7 meters during drier months. Due to it been formed rather recently, the Kerid caldera is among the most noticeable craters compared to the other craters in western Iceland. Being twice as old as the Kerid Crater Lake, the other two calderas in the region, Seydisholar and Kerholl, are less recognizable.
The lake is located on the southern part of the Golden Circle, less than 20 minutes from Selfoss. It is a popular destination for several tourists of western part of Iceland can be visited on many of the tours that run along the Golden circle. You can choose to visit on a self drive tour or hire a private tour that would include a tour guide. There is a small a fee that is paid by those visiting the lake. The fee goes to the locals that live around here. Several concerts have been held on the lake aboard floating rafts.