Join in on a sensationally scenic drive through Icelandic desert, as you venture rocky roads and craters in a remote exploration of the isolated lands of Askja.
The mountains Dyngjufjöll are located to the north of the glacier Dyngjujökull which extends north from Vatnajökull. This is a barren mountain cluster encircling the 50km2 Askja caldera. Subsidence in Askja´s south-east corner has formed a smaller caldera now filled by Öskjuvatn, Iceland´s second deepest lake. The crater Víti, next to Öskjuvatn, was formed in a huge explosive volcanic eruption in 1875.
„Walking on the moon“ In 1965 and 1967, two groups of Appllo astronauts traveled to Iceland to study geology and train for the first moon landing. Highlight of the journey was a visit to Askja. A visit to Askja is always a meaningful experience. „Bit like another world“. The route to Askja is mainly highland gravel roads with unbridged rivers. We start our Askja day tour from Mývatn. Such a day is quite a travel, and takes time, but really an adventure.
Included: Transportation, guidance (in English), highland’s service day fee. Not included: food and drinks, personal insurance.
As there are no resturants in Askja area (or in this part of the highland), we highly recommend that people bring lunch package and water. Askja is in approx. 1000 meters over sea level (our route), compare to approx 280 m.o.s. of the lake Mývatn. So weather might be variable from the start to the end of the day. And the weather in the highlands can also change quite fast. We recommend that travelers bring good shoes and warm and preferable waterproof clothes. In early summer (beginning of the season), the walk from the parking to Askja lake and Víti (crater) is on snow and therefore bit more difficult than later in the season. This is approx. 2.3 km one way. For how long time of the season, and how much snow, it is variable due to circumstances year by year.