Askja Caldera Hike | Highland Adventure from Lake Myvatn

The Icelandic Highlands boast gigantic lakes such as this one close to Krafla Volcano.
The lunar landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands were used by NASA to train astronauts for the 1969 moon landing.
The Askja Caldera and its crater Víti, which means Hell, in the Icelandic Highlands.
The waterfall Glettingur is seen here in the foreground.
The Highlands of Iceland are not totally barren, but boast of lush green areas and deep blue lakes.
A local guide telling stories in the oasis of Herðubreiðarlindir in the Icelandic Highlands.

Experience the lunar-like landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands on this tour of the Askja Caldera in North Iceland. Any avid hikers looking to behold some of the most exotic scenes this Earth has to offer should secure their spot on this adventure now.

Your adventure begins as you get picked up from the Lake Mývatn area and meet your local guide and travel companions. Then, it is time to leave civilisation behind and head to the central highlands of Iceland, where the panoramas at hand should be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

The Askja Caldera made itself known to the Icelandic nation and the world when it so explosively erupted in 1875 that clouds of ash reached all the way to Norway and Sweden, forcing many farmers to abandon their homes.

The otherworldly landscapes around the caldera are also famous for having been a training site of the NASA space program, as astronauts were trained there to prepare them for humanity’s first trip to the moon during the 1960s space race.

Besides from venturing across this unbelievable terrain, you will also be visiting the iconic landmarks of Herðubreiðalindir, an oasis in the middle of the highland desert, and Drekagil, the ‘Dragon’s Gully’—a dark and narrow canyon dotted with geological rock formations.

You will also be venturing off the beaten path to see a number of hidden Highland places. Catch a glimpse of ancient hiding spots of legendary Icelandic outlaws or meet the ghosts of the two German scientists who disappeared without a trace a century ago when studying Öskjuvatn—Iceland’s second deepest lake at 220 metres.

Rest assured you will have the whole day to take in the sights of your surroundings and enjoy an array of fantastic photo opportunities. Book your Highland adventure now and get to know the powers of Askja. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Oct.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, Highlands, Askja, Víti by Askja, Herðubreið, Herðubreiðarlindir, Drekagil
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:30

  • English guide

  • Transportation

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Lunch pack

  • Warm clothing

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Water bottle

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

Good to know:

● The tour includes a fair amount of walking so warm clothes and good shoes are recommended.

● Due to weather and/or road conditions, we may have to alter the itinerary, increase the journey time or cancel the tour.

● During the tour we break for refreshments at a café, the stop is however quite late on the tour. We therefore recommend a pre-packed lunch

● Please note that we will be travelling to the Icelandic Highlands and that the weather can change unexpectedly. Please be prepared for that and dress accordingly. Bring waterproof clothing and layers of wool or fleece sweaters and undergarments.

● There are no shops in the Icelandic Highlands, please bring lunch and snacks.

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Guide to Iceland does not add any fees, and as such, can not be liable for any accidents, losses, injuries, damages, delays, expenses due to any action or inaction on the part of the operator, guide or his/her services. As the terms and conditions of each tour operator may vary, please read the terms and conditions of each operator you purchase a tour from.

Sagatravel terms and conditions

Booking and Payment
To confirm your booking you are required to fully pay the tour price.
Once we have accepted your booking and received your payment, the contract between us will become binding and we will send you the payment confirmation and service vouchers.

In all tours operated by Saga Travel we offer children 0 - 12 years old 50% discount. Price discounts for children in tours operated by Saga Travel co-operators are subject to the nature of the provided services and terms of each service partners.

Cancellation of Booking
Any cancellation must be notified in writing by the person who made the booking.
If you cancel your tour:
a)  More than 29 days prior to the start of your tour, you will only be charged 10% of the tour price.
b)  Between 8 and 28 days, you will be charged 25% of the tour price.
c)  Between 2 and 7 days, you will be charged 50% of the tour price.
d)  Less than 48 hours before the start of your tour or after the commencement of the tour, you must pay the full tour price.  This includes all bookings made within 48 hours before the start of the tour.

Cruise Ship Cancellations
For cancellation because your Cruise Ship can not dock in the port we offer 80% repayment

Changes or Cancellation by Saga Travel
Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities or services described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour. For example:  Do to weather and/or road conditions or if the minimum number of clients required for a tour is not fulfilled.  It is unlikely we will have to make any changes to your tour however we do plan the arrangements months in advance. Any changes are usually very minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your tours begins.  When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available tour from us, or cancelling your tour. We will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the tour price. We will not however be in a position to refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only tours, travel insurance, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc.

Information Provided
Any information provided by Saga Travel on such matters as climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Saga Travel.

Adventure Travel and Client Responsibility
It is a fundamental booking condition that you accept the hazards involved in this sort of tour and you accept that in visiting remote and mountainous regions there is an element of on-tour flexibility. The itinerary stated in the tour dossier is indicative only and not a guarantee that a particular route will be followed or place reached. You must acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results, such as inconvenience and discomfort, are possible where unforeseen circumstances arise. You must have a level of fitness commensurate with your chosen tour and you are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment.

Personal Travel Insurance
Individual travel insurance is not included in the quoted prices. It is strongly recommended that clients take out a comprehensive travel insurance against contingencies, including compensation for medical costs and cancellation fees.  In the event of emergency medical rescue and/or repatriation from a tour by whatever means, the responsibility of such costs will be borne by the client.
All luggage and personal equipment are, at all times, at your own risk. We will not be responsible whatsoever for any loss, damage to your luggage and/or personal equipment.

Medical & Dietary Conditions
If you are affected by a medical condition which may affect your or other people's enjoyment of the tour, you must advise this at the time of booking. Similarly you must advise us of dietary conditions and preferences at the time of booking.

Independent Travel Arrangements
We will not be responsible or liable for your actions or your safety for any independent travel you undertake before, during (if you choose to leave) or after the tour.

Complaints Procedure
If you have a complaint about the tour you should make it known to your guide/leader at the earliest opportunity.  If you feel your complaint has not been properly dealt with we shall endeavour to agree a settlement with you.  Any outstanding complaint not resolved during the tour should be notified to us in writing within 30 days of the scheduled date of return.

Our Liability & Compensation
Saga Travel will accept liability for the negligence of its employees causing direct physical injury to passengers only to the extent that it is obliged under Icelandic law. We cannot be held responsible for any mishap to yourself or your property, and in particular for the consequences of flight cancellations, vehicle accidents, strikes, sickness, Government or customs or police intervention or other such happenings amounting to force majeure. By confirming your booking with Saga Travel you acknowledge that we have taken all reasonable steps to safeguard its liability in this respect.

Variation of Booking Conditions
The booking conditions may only be waived by a director of Saga Travel in writing. When you confirm the booking form you agree to accept all these booking conditions, and when we accept your booking we agree to carry out our obligations to you as defined in tour information provided to you. Both sides of this agreement are made subject to, and must be interpreted and enforced according to Icelandic law in a Icelandic court.

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 


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Askja Caldera Hike | Highland Adventure from Lake Myvatn

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