Krysuvik

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  • 63.883°N
  • 22.083°W

  • 360 m
    1181 ft

  • 371030
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Eruptive History


Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1340 (?) Unknown Confirmed 1 Tephrochronology Tradarfjöll
1325 (?) Unknown Confirmed 1 Tephrochronology Elborg vid Trolladyngju
1188 Unknown Confirmed 1 Historical Observations Mavahlidargigir
1151 Unknown Confirmed 1 Historical Observations Ogmundargigar and other vents
1075 ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Gvendarselsgigar
0900 (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Tephrochronology Melholl, Afstapahraun
0190 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Obrinnisholar
1060 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Sandfellskofagigir
5290 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Burfell
6000 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 0 Tephrochronology Hrútagjár
8500 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 0 Tephrochronology Hagafell

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.

Photo Gallery


The two westernmost of five NE-SW-trending volcanic systems on the Reykjanes Peninsula cut diagonally across this aerial photo. The Reykjanes volcanic system, which lies near the SW tip of the peninsula, where the Mid Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level, has produced Holocene lava fields that extend to the western and southern coasts. The Krísuvík volcanic system, on the right side of the photo, has produced several eruptions since the settlement of Iceland. The latest of these took place during the 14th century.

Photo courtesy of Richie Williams (U.S. Geological Survey).
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The Krísuvík volcanic system consists of a group of NE-SW-trending crater rows and small shield volcanoes cutting the central Reykjanes Peninsula west of Kleifarvatn lake (top center). Several eruptions have taken place since the settlement of Iceland, including the emplacement of a large lava flow from the Ogmundargigar crater row around the 12th century that reached the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula (lower right) along a broad front.

Photo by Oddur Sigurdsson, 1983 (Icelandic National Energy Authority).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


The following 1 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections. Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description
NMNH 115620 Tholeiite

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