Take a day trip from Katla house to :
Mýrdalsjökull glacier 30 km.
The icecap of the glacier covers an active volcano called Katla.
Lakagígar Crater 50 km.Craters of Laki
The Laki eruption and its aftermath caused a drop in global temperatures, as sulfur dioxide was spewed into the Northern Hemisphere. This caused crop failures in Europe and may have caused droughts in India. The eruption in 1783 and 1784 has been estimated to have killed over six million people globally,making the eruption the deadliest in historical times.
Lakagígar is part of a volcanic system centered on the Grímsvötn volcano and it lies between the glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull, in an area of fissures that run in a southwest to northeast direction.
Dyrhólaey 61 km.
(120 m high) (formerly known as Cape Portland by English seamen)
Located on the south coast, view from up there is interesting: To the north is to be seen the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull. To the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar come out of the sea, and to the west the whole coastline in the direction of Selfoss is visible – depending on weather conditions. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea, which gave the peninsula its name (meaning: the hill-island with the door-hole).
Skógafoss 79 km.
One of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 m (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Þórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar.
Langisjór Lake 60 km.
The lake is situated rather far from civilization at the south-western border of Vatnajökull at an altitude of 670 m above sea level.
It is around 20 km in length and up to 2 km wide, with a total surface area of about 26 km² and a depth of 75 m at its deepest point.
Landmannalaugar 70 km.
A popular tourist destination and hiking hub in Iceland’s highlands. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields.The many mountains in the surrounding area display a wide spectrum of colors including pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, and white. Two of the most popular mountains among hikers are Bláhnjúkur (meaning „blue peak“) and Brennisteinsalda (meaning „sulphur wave“).
Seljalandsfoss 73 km.
One of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland,drops 60 m (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall.
The boat to Vestmannaeyjar 75 km.
Vestmannaeyjar came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption of Eldfell volcano, which destroyed many buildings, and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland.
Eyjafjallajökull 86 km.
The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1651 m (5,417 ft). The volcano has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010.
Skaftafell 119 km.
A preservation area in Öræfi,the landscape is very similar to some of the Alps, but it has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire (volcanic eruptions of Öræfajökull) and water.
Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Skaftafell,one of the most popular sights in the park.
It’s surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.
These basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church and also the National Theater,both located in Reykjavik.
Hvannadalshnúkur 119 km.
A pyramidal peak on the northwestern rim of the summit crater of the Öræfajökull volcano and is the highest point in Iceland. The peak´s height is 2,109 m (6,921 ft)
Vatnajökull National park 120 km.
An area of 8,100 km², Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Europe by volume (3,100 km³)
Under the ice cap there are several volcanoes.
The volcanic lakes, Grímsvötn for exp, were the sources of a large glacial lake outburst flood in 1996. There was also a considerable but short-time eruption of the volcano under these lakes in 2004.
Kverkfjöll (in Vatnajökull National Park)
The mountain range Kverkfjöll (1,764 m) is situated on the north-eastern border of the glacier Vatnajökull.
The mountains are still active volcanoes and under them, there is a very large, very hot magma chamber which leads to the originating of glacier caves. Currently, they cannot be visited because of the risk of collapse. There is a warning sign at the „parking place“ near the caves.
Jökulsárlón lake 155 km. A must see…….
A large glacial lake in the southeast,on the borders of Vatnajökull park.
Situated at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. The lake now stands 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away from the ocean’s edge and covers an area of about 18 km² (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland at over 248 m (814 ft) depth as glacial retreat extended its boundaries.
Or explore the icecaves…..
…plus many more beautiful places within 2 hours drive.The house is very well situated in the south peninsula….
Many beautiful places that will take your breath away….
End your day trip by taking it easy,relaxing in the outdoor swimming pool in Vík or Kirkjubaejarklaustur……