Directions to Dimmuborgir
Go to Route 848 and follow it farther south. About 1 km further, turn left, towards dimmuborgir, with its unique pillars of lava.
Photo by: Kamil Porembiński
Dimmuborgir emerged after an eruption of the Þrengslaborgir and Lúdentsborgir volcanoes. In DimmuBorgir (“dark castles”), the lava stream ended up in a small lake. While lava flowed over marshy land, water began to boil from the swamps, and steam began to spray from pipe-shaped pillars of lava. When the lava then reached the increasingly lower ground near Myvatn, the top layer of lava began to crack.
The pillars however remained standing upright. You’ll find lava formations that make you think of castles or churches. There is a walkway constructed around the main formations, including the “church” and the “hollow”. Dimmuborgir also has an important place in folklore.
According to the stories, the region connects earth and hell. In Norwegian and Nordic Christian mythology, this is the place where the Devil landed when he was exiled from Heaven. It is told he founded here the Catacombs of Hell.
The Norwegian black metal group Dimmu Borgir was named after these rocks.