63.4735º N, 18.0230º W
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, often called Klaustur is basically the midpoint of the south coast route and there are about 500 people inhabiting it. The town itself is small in size and has not much to do there socially but the surrounding sites are unbelievably beautiful. This village is built on the edge of an ancient lava field called Skaftáreldahraun, which is one out of the two largest lava flows that have occurred on Earth in recorded history. The lava flow, which flowed from the Lakagígar vent between 1783-1784, fell into two main streams to inhabited areas, on each side of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. For these eight months of volcanic eruption, 12 km3 of basalt lava flowed onto the surface and covered about 565 km2 of land or about a half percent of Iceland’s area.
Road number 1 goes through Kirkjubæjarklaustur but you can enter the highlands (Fjallabak South and North) close by, where you can find some incredible sites to explore. For that, we recommend having a 4×4 jeep, preferably on 33” tires or bigger, and an experienced driver close by. Here you can see more about the Icelandic Highlands.
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