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The land of fire and ice, Iceland is home to many marvels. Many big and small travel-worthy places are peppered across its landscape. One of the intriguing places of plain sand beaches and vast grounds in Iceland is Berserkjahraun. 4000 years old, ancient lava field Berserkjahraun majorly consists of moss-covered rocks and spikes of hardened lava. You will certainly experience the thrill at Berserkjahraun.

Berserkjahraun lava fields in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Explore around Berserkjahraun Lava Field

Berserkjahraun lava field is a mesmerizing sight that will fill you with calm. The contrast of vibrant sky colors and dark lands will immediately pull you in the wake of its natural beauty. Berserkjahraun will interest photographers for its picturesque scenes. If you like to explore historical anecdotes about the places, then Berserkjahraun can be your haven as there is an intriguing story of two berserkers from Sweden this place is named after.  Berserkjahraun is situated on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Just a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, Snaefellsnes Peninsula is filled with gems like lava fields, caves, and waterfalls that you can include in your itinerary for Iceland. Iceland’s smallest National Park is also located in Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The peninsula which is 90 km long has various hiking trails and trekking routes that you can explore. It is called ‘Iceland in miniature’. For fauna lovers, fishing and bird watching are added perks. Bird watching is specifically something that you cannot miss out on in Snaefellsnes Peninsula. There are multiple unique species that you can spot from binoculars and if you are lucky some birds might pose for your camera too.

It is easy to get to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You either have to drive around the entire fjord of Hvalfjörður or go through Hvalfjardargöng, the road tunnel which will take you under the fjord. Reaching here takes about two hours from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Then just keep following Route 1 till you get to Borgarnes. Finally, take a turn to Snæfellsvegur (Road 54) which will direct you into the peninsula. From there you can conveniently find Berserkjahraun Lava Field.

Berserkjahraun lava fields in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

When to Visit Berserkjahraun Lava Field

Berserkjahraun lava field is beautiful in all seasons. You can enjoy snowfall in winters amidst which Iceland looks stunning. Though few precautions are to be taken during cold weather. There are villages in between where you can find locals but at times it is difficult to find anyone to ask directions. If you are not used to self driving, and have not spent good amount of time planning your trip, you can hire a professional guide so that you are not lost or stranded on a personal tour. Keep snacks that are high on vitamin D as sunlight is low in winters. Pack a sturdy jacket and boots with an excellent grip that would keep you warm and help in covering long stretches on uneven grounds. Make sure that you consistently follow weather forecasts. Winters in Iceland can be harsh as there are frequent snowstorms that can take you by surprise. 

Crater in Berserkjahraun lava fields in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Places to Stay around Berserkjahraun

You will find ample spaces to lodge near Berserkjahraun. If you are low on budget you can opt for places such as Guesthouse Langey, a two-star hotel. With basic amenities, it also has facilities like free wifi. Sudur-Bár Guesthouse is another amazing option with added perks like sightseeing and separate diner from where you can delve into an amazing serene view. There are also some great accommodations to be found in the fishing villages Stykkisholmur and Grundarfjörður

You can also plan an elaborate trip, starting from Reykjavik from where most of the trips begin. There are various guest houses, hotels, and camping grounds where you can stay throughout the trip.

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