Grímsnes

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Grímsnes
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One of many volcanic craters within the volcanic system.
Highest point
Elevation 214 metres (702 ft)
Coordinates 64°2′N 20°52′W / 64.033°N 20.867°W / 64.033; -20.867
Geology
Mountain type Crater rows
Last eruption 3500 BCE

Grímsnes is a fissure or crater row volcano located in southwestern Iceland, a relatively small volcanic system located SE of Thingvallavatn lake east of an en echelon group of volcanic fields extending across the Reykjanes Peninsula. The elevation at its apex is 214 meters. Tephrochronology approximates the volcano's last eruption as 3500 BC.

The individual volcanoes in the area include Kerið, a lake-filled volcanic crater.

The Grímsneshraun lava-fields in the area cover a total of 54 km2 (21 sq mi). The largest of these plains is the Seyðishólar-Kerhólahraun field which covers 23.5 km2 (9.1 sq mi). Other sizeable plains include the Tjarnarhólahraun field at 11.9 km2 (4.6 sq mi), the Kálfshólahraun field at 8.0 km2 (3.1 sq mi) and the Álftarhólshraun 6.2 km2 (2.4 sq mi). The total volume of lava produced in the lava flows of Grímsnes has been estimated at 1.2 cubic kilometres (0.29 cu mi)

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Coordinates: 64°2′N 20°52′W / 64.033°N 20.867°W / 64.033; -20.867