Private 12-Hour Highland Super Jeep Tour to Askja Caldera

A gorgeous waterfall cascades over a rugged landscape in the Icelandic Highlands, with a mountain looming behind on a cloudy day.
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Akureyri, Iceland
12 hours
June. - Oct.
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Discover breathtaking volcanic landscapes in the heart of the Icelandic Highlands on this awe-inspiring full-day private tour to Askja caldera and Viti crater. Travelers keen to traverse rugged terrain in a comfortable Super Jeep and enjoy a unique experience bathing in a crater lake should book this 12-hour tour now.

This private tour leaves Akureyri and heads through the Myvatn area to the Hrossaborg crater. Your 4x4 vehicle can drive through this volcanic crater, an excellent start to an unforgettable offroad adventure.

You'll cross rivers and continue along little-traveled gravel trails, an easy feat for your all-terrain vehicle and experienced driver. Next, you'll come to Herdubreidalindir, a green oasis amid a barren volcanic landscape. Here you can marvel at the Herdubreid volcano looming overhead.

Your friendly guide can share fascinating insights about the area. For example, Fjalla-Eyvindur (Eyvindur of the Mountains), Iceland's most famous outlaw, took shelter at Herdubreidalindir during the winter of 1774-1775. In the lunar-like landscapes a little further along, NASA trained their astronauts for the Apollo moon landings.

Soon you'll arrive at Askja, parking at the Vikraborgir crater car park. The car park is the starting point for the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) hiking trail to Askja and Viti lakes. Take in the panoramic volcanic landscape as you enjoy the walk, which should take around 40 minutes.

Askja caldera spans 19 square miles (49 square kilometers), and arriving at Askja lake rewards you with incredible views. A rugged volcanic landscape surrounds the stunning 712-foot (217-meter) deep lake. Here you can enjoy the perfect contrast of the orange-tinged underfoot terrain against the blue water.

To the side, you'll see Viti, a smaller crater lake. The most exciting part is that you can bathe in Viti's warm waters, so bring your swimsuit and towel! Swimming in the milky-blue waters of a volcanic crater in the middle of nowhere is a magical experience and the perfect complement to today's hiking.

You'll walk back to the car park when you've finished your relaxing soak and captured plenty of photos for lasting memories. From there, your driver will take you to the Drekagil ravine. Also known as the Canyon of the Dragons, this gorge boasts striking rock formations and a waterfall.

After an exciting day exploring some of the most intriguing landscapes in the Icelandic Highlands, it's time to drive back to Akureyri. 

Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands, including a short hike and bathing in the milky-blue waters of a volcanic crater on this unforgettable private tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Full-day guided private tour of Askja caldera in the Highlands
Private 4x4 transportation to and from Akureyri


Super Jeep
Hot Spring Bathing

What to bring

Hiking shoes
Snacks or lunch
Warm, waterproof clothing
Swimsuit and towel if you want to bathe in Viti crater

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This tour depends on weather and road conditions. Changes to the itinerary might happen with short notice.

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