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Askja Caldera & Viti Crate

Lunar Landscape & the Isolated Highland

Askja is one of the most desolate places on the planet. A stratovolcano surrounded by absolutely nothing but a moon-like desert landscape of lava rocks.

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This amazing tour will take you on an adventure through the Askja Caldera, an isolated volcanically crafted landscape that is so different to anything else on this planet that it was used as one of the principal training sites for astronauts as they prepared for the Apollo 11 lunar landings in 1969. It is situated on top of one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland, which has a long history of violent eruptions over the millennia. At its heart is the Öskjuvatn Lake, a milky white crater lake that is the deepest in the entire of Iceland. Askja and the surrounding area is a barren, foreboding and otherworldly landscape, which is like walking through another planet, making it an exhilarating and enchanting trip that is about as unique as they come.

  • Availability

    Jun. - Oct.

  • Duration

    11-13 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

  • Departs from

    Akureyri or Mývatn

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    34.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Askja Caldera
Drekagil Gully
Hrossaborg Volcano
Víti Explosion Crater
Small Group up to 16 persons
Godafoss Waterfall
Included
Pick up & drop off in Akureyri or Mývatn
Transportation
English guidance

The adventure begins when we collect you at around 6:15 am and make the scenic drive towards the Lake Myvatn area: a stunning geothermal lake, whose steaming surface is dotted with numerous beautiful islands. We will skirt around this serene area, before heading to the famous Herðubreiðarlindir Springs as we continue our journey to the Askja Caldera. Herðubreiðarlindir is rich in luscious green vegetation and birdlife, making it ideal for anyone who loves nature or wildlife. While we are there, our friendly guide will tell us all about the history of the area, which was a favored sanctuary for Icelandic outlaws on the run from the law.

By then we will be nearing the ‘Dreki Gully’ (Dragon’s Gully), which guards the entrance to Askja. It more than lives up to its reputation, replete with imposing rock formations that will make you feel like you are wandering into a dragon’s lair. Our friendly guide will tell us all about the folk legends and myths that surround this dramatic place and take us to the gorgeous waterfall that is hidden within its rocky interior. On our way there you should keep your eyes peeled for dragons and the treasure that they guard.

Then we will make the 30-minute hike to the Askja Lake, which has an area of around 11 kilometers and reaches a depth of 217 meters, making it the deepest in Iceland. When we arrive there, you are sure to be enchanted, thanks to the mysterious milky-turquoise water, which makes it look a bit like an isolated version of the Blue Lagoon. This combined with the rugged landscape of Askja itself, which was created when a subterranean lava chamber erupted and caused its roof to collapse, makes it a truly incredible place that everyone is bound to enjoy.

We will then hike back to the Dreki Gully across yet more stunning volcanically crafted landscapes and then return to Lake Myvatn, where we will stop for some food, take in the gorgeous lakeside scenery and then head back to Akureyri. This tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure through a rugged landscape steeped in myth and legend, making it ideal for pretty much everyone.

Be prepared!

Please note

Please remember that the weather conditions in the Icelandic Highlands are unpredictable and everyone on the tour should dress appropriately. Askja is located at a high altitude on the coast, meaning that it can be much colder than the surrounding area. There is often snow long into the summer and we strongly recommend that all visitors bring waterproof layers, woolen or fleece sweaters, gloves, sturdy boots and a hat. There are no shops in the Icelandic Highlands, meaning that you will need to bring your own food and refreshments.

Bring with you: Packed lunch, water, good shoes, warm clothes, bathing suit and towel. The tour includes a fair amount of walking so warm waterproof clothing and good shoes are recommended.

Not included: Meals or refreshments. During the tour we break for refreshments at a café, the stop is quite late on the tour. We therefore recommend a pre-packed lunch

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  


For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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