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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Dimmuborgir is a remarkable zone of massive lava rock formations. The Icelandic folklore, which heavily promotes trolls and legends, maintains the belief that these rocks are trolls frozen in time (and some do look quite life-like).  The head of the house Gryla, her husband and their children, the Yule Lads (Santa’s elves equivalent), who are ornery and sly, all call this rocky outcropping home. Dimmuborgir means dark castles, a name earned by the tall lava pillars.

This is a vast, multi-tracked area with both well-marked pathways and gravel tracks that deviate from the more obvious trails. Many paths wind through the rocks, offering hikes ranging from 10 minutes in length to an hour. If one decides to wander, be aware of the track back to the path of origin, as it’s rather easy to get lost. There is an additional trail that will lead from Dimmuborgir all the way to Hverfjall, though this path is steeper and more challenging than the hike from the base of the crater. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Amazing geology. Great organization.

Cons

Very busy.

Pets allowed

Yes, with restrictions

Address

Dimmuborgir
Iceland

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

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