Private Askja Tour from Lake Myvatn

In this Super Jeep Tour we will travel to the Icelandic highlands and visit two iconic attractions, one old and one new; the Askja Caldera which has been a part of Icelandic landscape since the first settlers remember, and the recently formed Holuhraun lava field, formed in the 2014 fissure eruption just north of Vatnajökull.

We start our tour from Lake Mývatn, North Iceland and head for the highlands. There the wilderness, wide spaces, geology and natural freshwater springs seem as from another planet. No wonder Neil Armstrong and his crewmembers on the Apollo Program came to this place to practice for their lunar landing.

On our way up to the highlands our first stop is right after we cross the first unbridged river of the day, Grafarlandaá, and enjoy the waterfall and the amazing scenery we have just started to glimpse as we enter the highlands. Then we cross Lindá, the biggest unbridged river on the way to Askja.

When we reach Herðubreiðarlindir, we stop there for a while to stretch our legs, admire the beauty of this oasis in the middle of the desert sands of Ódáðahraun, see the small house where Fjalla Eyvindur, an outlaw, lived in for a whole winter. The Icelandic National Mountain, Herðubreið (1682m) makes this place the wonder that it is, this beautifully shaped mountain is often referred to as the queen of Icelandic mountains.

We drive on into the highlands until we reach Dreki, the campsite, where we will enjoy our lunch before we go for our highlight of the day, the Askja caldera and its many geological wonders.

The hiking in Askja Caldera to Víti explosion crater is 2,5 km and takes around 35 to 45 minutes one way, the difficulty level is set at easy to moderate, depending on snow levels and weather conditions. Once at Víti explosion crater we will take our time and absorb the incredible atmosphere of the Askja Caldera.

After our hiking tour in Askja we go back to Dreki and from there we go and visit Iceland's most recent volcano Holuhraun. Holuhraun is the site of a volcanic eruption which began on 29 August 2014 and produced a lava field of more than 85 km2 and 1.4 km3, the largest in Iceland since 1783.

Holuhraun lava field sits on the floodplains between Vatnajökull Glacier and the Askja caldera Mountain Range. The rough, untouched and still-cooling lava field is Iceland’s youngest lava field and we will have an opportunity to explore this amazing world.

On our way back to Lake Myvatn, we make sure to stop as often as we need and maybe stop at two sightseeing spots not many know of.

After a long day of sightseeing and driving around on highland trails, it is very nice to come back to civilisation, we recommend a nice meal at a local restaurant and a relaxing dip into the Nature Baths.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Super Jeep, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 3 years old
  • Languages: English, Icelandic, Danish
  • Highlights: Vatnajokull , Askja , Víti by Askja , Odadahraun , Herðubreiðarlindir , Drekagil , Öskjuvatn , Dyngjufjöll , Jökulsá á Fjöllum , Bárðarbunga , Holuhraun , Herðubreið , Dreki , Hrossaborg
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:00

We pick you up at the time of departure.
  • Pickup and dropoff, super jeep, local expert driver/guide and bottled water.

  • Lunch Pack

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking, clothing and outerwear suitable for rainy or chilly weather. Sunglasses. Don´t forget your camera!

  • We recommend bringing some lunch with you, we offer lunch packs for our tours as extra.

Good to know:

Your safety is our first priority so itinerary might be altered due to bad weather or road conditions, the duration of the tour might extend or we might have to cancel the tour if weather or other conditions are not in our favor.

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