Askja and Kverkfjöll Hiking | 2 Days
Immerse yourself in a land of ice and fire with this brilliant hiking tour into the Kverkfjöll mountains to explore the Askja volcanic area and much more. This tour is the perfect opportunity for those travellers looking to engage in direct contact with Iceland’s incredible natural environment.
Departing from 'East Iceland's capital,' Egilsstaðir, this two-day hiking tour brings together the best elements of camping abroad; wild and untouched landscapes, curving hiking trails, swimming in natural pools and discovering more about the country and yourself. What better way to get yourself in the mood for a hike then a quick stop at the Laugavalladalur natural hot springs? This will be your first stop before embarking on your adventure.
You will see the enormous Kárahnúkar Dam and the many new hiking trails it revealed upon its 2009 opening, as well as the Askja crater, a descendant of the region’s many historical eruptions. This is the area where the Apollo mission sent their astronauts to study and work in a moon-like terrain. If you’ve ever fancied interstellar travel, this may the closest you get. That night, you will stay for dinner and a rest at the Kverkfjöll mountain hut.
You will also experience the powerful balance of Iceland’s nature; not only will you explore the volcanic landscapes that define Iceland’s young geological makeup but also a mighty and ancient glacier, thus thrusting you into a white and icy paradise.
Taking a two-day package such as this truly allows you the time and opportunity to fully engage and appreciate the Icelandic wilderness; the tour is taken leisurely, meaning no overly difficult terrain need be tackled or accomplished. This tour is about experience, understanding and relaxation.
So what’s the delay? Book now and you too can experience the fantastic wealth of experience on offer with this two-day hiking package through Askja and the Kverkfjöll mountains. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Duration: 2 days
- Activities: Hiking, Cultural Activity
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 12 years old
- Languages: English
Askja volcano is a vast caldera in a remote part of the easterly central highlands of Iceland, located in the Dyngjufjoll mountains.
These mountains rise to 1510 m (4954 ft). There is a lake in the middle of the caldera, called Oskjuvatn. It is Iceland's second-deepest lake. Askja had a massive eruption in 1875 that destroyed many farms in Northeast Iceland. Its latest eruption was in 1961.
Egilsstadir is the largest town in East Iceland, with a population of 2257 people as of 2011. It is located on the banks of the river Lagarfljot in the wide valley of the fertile Fljotsdalsherad district.
Egilsstadir is the main center for service, transportation and administration in East Iceland.
The town provides all basic services and features an airport, a college and a health center. Egilsstadir also has an annual jazz festival that we can recommend. The town is furthermore close to many of East Iceland's and indeed Iceland's main attractions and as a center of the area, many East Iceland tours are directed from there.
The area of Fljotsdalsherad has many notable points of interest, whether natural, historical or cultural. Click here for further information about those.
Accommodation (Sleeping Bag Facilities in Kverkfjöll mountain hut.)
What to bring:
Sturdy hiking boots.
Snacks / Drinks
Good to know:
● Reservation is necessary. ● Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour. ● If you need pick up service from your hotel or wish to start the tour at another location outside Egilsstaðir please advice when you reserve the tour.
Day 1 - Kárahnúkar Dam & Askja Volcanic Area
On your first day, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Egilsstaðir and driven to Kárahnúkar Dam. From there, you will embark on the highland route towards Askja volcanic area to see the incredible caldera that gives the region its name, and even take a swim in the Viti crater lake where the water is a beautiful 30°C (86°F).
On your way to Askja, you will stop at the wellness spa at Laugavalladalur natural hot springs, the perfect opportunity to relax and soak your muscles before hiking to the crater lake. Viti crater lake was itself formed following the eruption of Askja volcano in 1875.
You finish your first day with dinner and an overnight stay at Kverkfjöll mountain hut.
Day 2 - Kverkfjöll Mountains & Hvannalindir
On your second day, it’s time to experience a natural balance. Instead of the hot geothermal landscapes of Askja, today you move deeper into the Kverkfjöll Mountains to explore one of Iceland’s many magnificent glaciers.
Here you will thrust into a frosty paradise; you will discover the deep crevasses and hollowed out ice caves, formed by the natural hot springs beneath it. This is definitely a place you’ll want your camera; the possibilities for landscape photography here are endless.
On your way back to Egilsstaðir, you will make two stops; first, at the wild and delicate highlands of Hvannalindir, and second, at a dried magma field.