Askja Caldera Tour from Akureyri | With Godafoss Waterfall

Askja Caldera Tour from Akureyri | With Godafoss Waterfall
The area around the Askja Caldera is only accessible for a few months out of the year in Iceland.
A hidden waterfall in the Highlands of Iceland is best found in the company of a local guide.
The waterfall Goðafoss in North Iceland is stunningly majestic, cascading wildly down a glacier river gorge.
A beautiful lake surrounded by blue mountains in North Iceland.
Jökulsá River boasts a powerful cascade which cuts through the black lava fields of the Icelandic Highlands.
The Askja Caldera is surrounded by the mountains of Dyngjufjöll in the Highlands of Iceland.
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Experience the barren interior and lunar-like landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands, on this day tour to Askja Caldera from Akureyri, with an added visit to Goðafoss Waterfall. If you’re staying in the North and wish to see some of the most celebrated highlights of the Icelandic wilderness, this is the excursion for you. 

Your adventure begins with a pickup in the Capital of the North, Akureyri, where you will meet your experienced local guide and begin your journey to the barren landscapes of the Highlands of Iceland, stopping at Lake Mývatn amongst other short photo-opportunity locations.  

You’ll be visiting iconic landmarks such as the Herðubreiðalindir Oasis, a lush nature reserve of the Ódáðahraun lava field; and the Drekagil Gully, an eerie, fairytale-like ravine named after a dragon. Your guide will also lead you to a number of other off-the-map sites and places, showing you where Icelandic outlaws hid out in their banishment during the Middle Ages. 

The highlight of your trip, however, will be the Askja Caldera, surrounded by the rhyolite mountains of Dyngjufjöll, with peaks reaching up to 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above sea-level. This very location was utilised by NASA to train their astronauts for the first lunar landing during the 1960s space race. 

Hiking up to the caldera, you’ll immediately understand why the space program deemed this part of planet Earth to be the perfect training ground for walking on the surface of the moon. The landscapes at hand are truly otherworldly, especially the milky waters of lake Öskjuvatn within the bowl of the caldera. 

During your journey, who knows, you might run into the ghosts of outlaws, night trolls, hidden people or other creatures that have allegedly haunted travellers for centuries. Before the tour is over, you will also visit one of the pearls of the North, the mighty waterfall Goðafoss, adding something extra to an already fantastic travel experience in Iceland.

Don’t miss out on this Highland adventure in the north of Iceland, witnessing lunar landscapes and cascading waterfalls. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Oct.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 3 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, Highlands, Akureyri, Mývatn, Askja, Víti by Askja, Goðafoss, Herðubreið, Herðubreiðarlindir, Drekagil
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 06:15.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Pick-up starts 15 minutes before tour departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • English guide

  • Transportation

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Lunch pack

  • Water

  • Sunglasses

Good to know:

● During the end of the tour, you'll break for refreshments at a café, but the stop is quite late, so a pre-packed lunch comes recommended.

● Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancel the tour

● Please note that we will be travelling to the Icelandic Highlands and that the weather can change unexpectedly. The weather up in Askja can be very different from the weather closer to the coast and colder. Because of it’s high altitude there can be snow on our hiking route well into the summer. Please be prepared for that and dress accordingly. Bring waterproof clothing and layers of woolen or fleece sweaters and under garments.

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

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Unforgettable trip. Our guide Dóri was amazing and attentive. We were a small group (6 people total) and really enjoyed everything about it. We did our hike through a snow storm in the middle of June so it was a challenge but totally worth it! The trip to Askja is long and bumpy but you get used to it after a while, especially given how spectacular everything around you is.
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One of the best tour. Highly recommend this one. and the guide was funny and has good knowledge about the places and shared some nice stories. Loved it :)
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Great tour and even greater guide. Leo is the man...kept us entertained, was full of great tips, easy to chat with and a wealth of knowledge. Tour was full of amazing sights. Would do it again in a heartbeat
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We definitely loved this tour. I have never seen such a spectacle scenery, all the way from Akureyri. We stopped at several points on the way to hiking site so it did not bored us being seated for long way. Also we appreciate a lot having Bjarki a professional and reliable guide with us.
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