Welcome to Askja


Your first glimpse of the sapphire-blue lake Öskjuvatn, at the heart of the crater, is guaranteed to be a memorable one. The lake stands in contrast to the milky waters inside the small, steep crater known as Víti, adjacent to the caldera.

Although a bit on the chilly side (temperatures are currently about 22°C), a dip in Víti's milky blue pool is one of the highlights of an Askja adventure (and is sometimes done sans swimsuit). The route down is slippery and steep, so it may be closed for safety reasons by park officials.


Top experiences in Askja

Askja activities

$1480 Private & Custom Tours

Askja the Caldera - My favorite day tour

The tour starts early in the morning since normally the tours to Askja are about 12 hours long. Pickup is on request, most often from the guesthouses and hotels in the Laugar area, or Mývatn area. From Laugar we drive along Lake Mývatn and head to the east through lava fields. At the crater Hrossaborg, we make our turn to the south on the gravel road F88. We will cross rivers on the way, fords, and the river Grafarlandaá is the first one. There we take our first stop on enjoy the pureness and beauty of the this spring fed river that comes from under the Lava field and forms a small waterfall where the ford is.After that our tour leads us through lava fields with great contrasts until we reach the ford at river Lindaá, another spring fed river. Next stop is the nature reserve Herðubreiðarlindir oasis (nearby mt. Herðubreið). Here we take another stop where my guests can use the washrooms (toilets) and take a look at the special nature of this place. In Herðurbreiðarlindir, I guide my guests in a few minutes walk through the place and take you the the location where our most famous outlaw hid during the winter of 1774-1775.Next on our way is the magnificent place and waterfall called Gljúfrasmiður, a waterfall in the glacier river Jökulsá fjöllum. It has shaped the landscape over time into forms that are hard to imagine.We then head to Dyngjufjöll, where the Askja caldera is, but first we stop at Dreki cabin to have lunch (there are no shops in the highland so please bring a lunch with you). After our lunch, we drive to Vikraborgir craters where we start our 2,4km walk to the crater Víti and the Lake of Askja. Vikraborgir are the craters where the NASA Apollo mission astronauts’ training took place in 1965 and 1967.Since 2014 I’ve made over 100 trips to Askja, and it always brings me great joy and happiness to be able to show this unique area to my guests. Departure from your location in Laugar or Mývatn area. (Akureyri also for added fee)– Only available as a private tour – The tours are available daily on request, reservation required.Departures are optional: Pick up at your selected location near Laugar, or the Mývatn area.Departure time is on request but I prefer not later than 7:45am since the duration of the tour is is normally around 12 hours.Included is fully guided tour and transportation.Refreshments are not included in price. Please note that there are no shops in the highlands so please bring a lunch package and drinking water along with warm clothes and hiking boots. Private tours can be tailor made in any way.For more information, please contact me with email at kip@kip.is

$475.02 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Iceland Highland Ultimate

Meet us at the Akureyri Airport 15 minutes before departure where you will have a short safety briefing with the pilot before accommodating yourself in one of the comfortable seats in our brand new Airvan and put on your headset.As we take off, say goodbye to the city sights and fly over the magnificent Godafoss waterfall. As we head towards Lake Mývatn, a breathtaking natural spectacle that fascinates scientists from around the world with its numerous attractions, such as Krafla, Namaskard, Hverfjall and pseudo craters, we'll begin our our journey into the true highlands of Iceland. Our highland experience will begin by seeing the majestic Highland queen, Mount Herðubreið, as we fly towards Askja volcano. After exploring the hot springs of Askja, we turn towards the north side of Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, and then we'll continue onward to Kverkfjöll mountain range, a currently active volcanic site.   On the homeward journey towards Akureyri, sit back and take in the view of Ódáðahraun, the vast lava desert, and Holuhraun, the most recent lava field in Iceland.

$251.41 Day Trips & Excursions

Askja Caldera Tour from Lake Mývatn

You'll drive across vast stretches of sand and fields of lava on a rugged mountain track towards Mt. Herðubreið, Iceland's national mountain. A short stop is made at Herðubreiðarlindir, an oasis in the desert. The Drekagil gully is explored before driving into the Askja caldera where the group will park next to craters from the 1961 eruption. From there, you walk to Lake Askja and Víti, an explosion crater formed in 1875. The hike to Askja Caldera is around 30 minutes easy walk each way. This tour is an extensive exploration to the Iceland Highland where you experience the true power and beauty of Iceland's nature.

$324.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Askja Caldera Tour from Akureyri

We drive across vast stretches of sand and fields of lava on a rugged mountain track towards Mt. Herðubreið, Iceland's national mountain. A short stop is made at Herðubreiðarlindir, an oasis in the desert. The Drekagil gully is explored before driving into the Askja caldera where we park next to craters from the 1961 eruption. From there we walk to Lake Askja and Víti, an explosion crater formed in 1875. The hike to Askja Caldera is around 30 minutes easy walk each way. This tour is an extensive exploration to the Iceland Highland were you experience the true power and beauty of Iceland's nature.

Askja in detail