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.
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.
Jun. - Oct.
Meet on location
Akureyri or Mývatn
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Askja Caldera
- Drekagil Gully
- Hrossaborg Volcano
- Víti Explosion Crater
- Small Group up to 16 persons
- Godafoss Waterfall
- Pick up & drop off in Akureyri or Mývatn
- 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.
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
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
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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.
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 favourite 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. 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.
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.
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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
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.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
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