Breathtaking 12-Hour Tour of Askja Volcanic Caldera from Myvatn

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Mývatn Tours, Mývatn, Iceland
12 hours
June - Sept.
Minimum age


Embark on a captivating full-day exploration of Askja volcanic caldera, one of Iceland's most fascinating and beautiful attractions. Those yearning to unravel the secrets of ancient geological wonders in the heart of Iceland's wilderness should book this memorable 12-hour tour from Myvatn now.

The adventure starts from the tour operator's base in Arnarnes, only 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) south of Reykjahlid village. You'll board the spacious 4x4 bus, tailored for Iceland's rugged terrain, and then embark on a breathtaking journey across Iceland's untamed landscapes.

Enjoy plenty of legroom and space for your belongings during the three to four hour drive to Askja. With experts at the wheel, relax and take in the enchanting tales and facts the knowledgeable guide shares.

As the tour winds through the Herdubreidarlindir nature reserve, incredible vistas unfold. Marvel at lunar-like terrains, winding glacial rivers, vast sandy expanses, craggy lava fields, towering mountains, and dramatic craters. The journey is a testament to Iceland's geological diversity, culminating with the spectacle of the Askja caldera and the surrounding landforms.

Scheduled stops on the journey toward Askja allow for closer encounters with nature's marvels. Stop and enjoy a bite to eat as you bask in your majestic surroundings and capture photos for lasting memories. Considering the tour's remote nature, you must pack sufficient food and drink for these rejuvenating breaks.

Reaching Askja around midday, travelers have 2.5 hours of free exploration time. A gentle 35 to 45 minute walk from the parking vicinity unravels the sublime allure of Askja lake and the iconic Viti crater. 

The lake's azure waters are a testament to nature's artistry, reflecting the sky's shifting moods. The Askja caldera complex, birthed from explosive eruptions, resonates with tales of fire and ice, a spectacular sight to behold.

After a mesmerizing exploration of Askja, it's time to board the bus for the journey back to Myvatn. A stop at Drekagil canyon on the way back breaks the trip perfectly. Admire the canyon's stunning scenery of dramatic rock formations and cascading streams, another example of Iceland's raw beauty.

The drive back to the Myvatn area presents an opportunity to reflect on the day's awe-inspiring sights. Your expected arrival at the Arnarnes base in the evening.

Book this unforgettable full-day tour of the Askja region from Myvatn to enjoy pristine landscapes in untouched wilderness and plenty of exploration time. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Guided tour in 4x4 bus



What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing and good walking shoes
Food and water for the day (no supermarkets or restaurants available on this tour)
Swimsuit and towel for bathing in Viti crater if the conditions are suitable


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