Information about Víti by Askja

Víti is a geothermal lake found in Askja Caldera in the Icelandic Central Highlands.Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit:  Ulrich Latzenhofer. 

Víti is a geothermal crater lake found in Askja Caldera in the Icelandic Central Highlands.

The water in Víti is approximately 25°C, making it a popular location for passing travellers to have a swim whilst surrounded by stunning nature.

The Askja region was created at the end of the last Ice Age when a magma chamber collapse beneath the picturesque Dyngjufjöll mountains. Falling in upon itself, the Askja region would become a 50 square kilometre caldera within the Icelandic Highlands, complete with fantastical scenery, mini-craters and lakes. Just hiking at Askja provides incredible insight into this country’s incredible geology.

Another eruption in 1875 caused a further caldera to form inside of the larger overall depression. This eruption was also responsible for expelling large amounts of tephra, coloured ash, that has given the region its unique look today.

Within one of these newly formed calderas, glacial water began to seep in, eventually forming the opaque blue lake, Öskjuvatn. This is among one of the deepest lakes in Iceland (220 metres), but is too cold to for swimming.

The area that surrounds Öskjuvatn and Víti is characterised by its jet black sand dunes, providing a striking contrast to the lakes' serene blue shade.

 

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Attractions nearby Víti by Askja

Dyngjufjöll

Dyngjufjoll is a volcanic mountain range in the lava field Odadahraun in the Icelandic highlands. The Askja caldera is situated in this mountain rang...

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Askja

Askja is a caldera in the central Highlands of Iceland, just north of Vatnajökull glacier. It is best known for its dramatic eruptions, as wel...

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Holuhraun

Holuhraun is an immense lava field north of Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland's Highlands. Holuhraun is the site of a powerful eruption which...

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Herðubreið

  Herdubreid is a table mountain (Icelandic: 'stapi'), situated north of Vatnajokull in the deserted lava field of Odadahraun, the most ...

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Hvannalindir

Hvannalindir is a vegetated area within Vatnajökull National Park in the Highlands of Iceland.  While the Icelandic Highlands mostly consis...

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Trölladyngja

Trölladyngja is Iceland's largest shield volcano, located in the north of Vatnajökull National Park in the highlands. At 1,468 metres (...

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Herðubreiðarlindir

Herdubreidarlindir is an oasis situated near Herdubreid mountain north of Vatnajokull glacier. The area features a campground and hiking trails and i...

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Hrafnabjargafoss

Hrafnabjargafoss is a waterfall in the river Skjalfandafljot northwest of Vatnajokull.  Skjalfandafljot falls into several highly impressive can...

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Vesturdalur

Vesturdalur is a green and lush mountainous valley in Skagafjordur, cutting deep into the mid highlands. The place is a popular campsite. The river H...

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Aldeyjarfoss

  Aldeyjarfoss is a beautiful waterfall in the mighty Skjalfandafljot river, dropping from a height of 20 meters. Of particular note is th...

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Kverkfjöll

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Pietro Kverkfjöll is a sub-glacial mountain range on the northern side of the Vatnajökul...

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Brúardalir

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Axel Kristinson. Brúardalir is a series of valleys in Brúaröræfi in East&...

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Hafrahvammar

Photo from: Canyon Hiking Tour Hafrahvammar is a vast canyon, north of Dimmugljúfur Canyon in East Iceland.  Hafrahvammar is also known ...

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Kárahnjúkavirkjun

Karahnjukavirkjun is a Hydropower plant in Eastern Iceland, designed to 4600 GWh annually to serve Alcoa's aluminium smelter east of Reydarfjordur...

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Karahnjúkar

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Christoph Hess Karahnjúkur describes two mountains and a power plant, found beside each other in...

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Laugarvalladalur

Laugarvalladalur is a beautiful, verdant oasis, best known for the many hot springs that sit around the abandoned farm on site. Located west of the...

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Bruarjokull

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. NASA.  Brúarjökull is a 1600 sq km (617 sq mi) glacier tongue extending from Iceland's largest ice-...

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East Iceland

Stretching from the wide Eastfjords mountain range, set with many small fjords, through the fertile Fljotsdalsherad district and towards the highlands...

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Möðrudalur

Modrudalur a Fjollum is the highest positioned farm in Iceland (469 m above sea level) and is located in the east highlands, north of Vatnajokull glac...

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Hvannfell

  Hvannfell is a mountain in Sudur-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. The mountain is located near the famous Lake Myvatn. The Burfellshr...

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Tours near Víti by Askja

Askja Caldera & Viti Crater | East Highlands Day Tour

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Askja Caldera & Holuhraun Lava Field | Super Jeep Day-tour

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48-hour Full Day Tour to the Highlands of North Iceland

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Private Askja Tour from Lake Myvatn

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