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.


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$489.38 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.

$259.01 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.

$334.21 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.

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