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Ljósufjöll

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  • Iceland
  • Iceland and Arctic Ocean
  • Fissure vent(s)
  • 960 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 64.9°N
  • 22.483°W

  • 1063 m
    3488 ft

  • 370030
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 5 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0960 ± 10 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Anthropology Raudhalsar
0665 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Ytri and Stóri Raudamelskula
1750 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Grábrók
2050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 3 Tephrochronology Krothraunskula, Raudakúla, Graakula
7050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Tephrochronology Eldborg
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Ljósufjöll.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Ljósufjöll.

Photo Gallery

This vertical aerial photo, with south to the top, shows the symmetrical Graakula cinder cone at the lower left, which erupted about 4000 years ago and produced a lava flow that entered Selvallavatn lake. The flow is part of the Ljósufjöll volcanic system, which is composed of a group of cinder cones and lava flows along short fissures on a roughly 90-km-long WNW-ESE line. The latest eruption at Ljósufjöll post-dated the settlement of Iceland, and took place about 1000 years ago.

Photo by Landmælingar Islands, courtesy of Jack Green (published in Green and Short, 1971).
See title for photo information.
The Ljósufjöll volcanic system at the eastern end of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is composed of a group of cinder cones and lava flows erupted along short fissures on a roughly 90-km-long WNW-ESE line. The crest of the Ljósufjöll range is seen here from the south with glacial moraines descending its flanks. The latest eruption at Ljósufjöll post-dated the settlement of Iceland, and took place about 1000 years ago.

Photo by Oddur Sigurdsson, 1983 (Icelandic National Energy Authority).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: Midvesturland
Publisher: Icelandic Geodetic Survey -- Landmaelingar Islands
Country: Iceland
Year: 1987
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Midvesturland

Title: Geomorphology of Iceland
Publisher: University of Goteborg, Dept Phys Geog
Country: Iceland
Year: 1984
Map Type: Geology (Geomorphology)
Scale: 1:1,750
Map of Geomorphology of Iceland

Title: Geographical Names of Iceland
Publisher: University of Goteborg, Dept Phys Geog
Country: Iceland
Year: 1984
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,750
Map of Geographical Names of Iceland

Title: Raudhamelur
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Iceland
Year: 1950
Series: C762
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Raudhamelur

Title: Holsfjall
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Iceland
Year: 1950
Series: C762
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Holsfjall
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Ljósufjöll in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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