Askja caldera is in a very remote area in the central Icelandic highlands. It is one of the biggest volcanoes in Iceland and has a history of catastrophic eruptions through the ages. The Askja area is one of the primary locations where NASA trained its Apollo Astronauts before the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969. Inside the caldera, you will enjoy a breathtaking view over Öskjuvatn Lake, the deepest lake in Iceland.
The drive up to Askja is scenic, and the rough gravel roads and tracks take us through dramatic lava fields and black sand deserts. This Askja Caldera tour is perfect for experiencing the barren interior and the lunar-like landscape of the Icelandic highlands.
Iconic landmarks such as Herðubreiðalindir Oasis and Drekagil Gully are visited and several other off the map sights and places. We catch a glimpse of where Icelandic outlaws lived in the middle ages when they had been banished. We might also be able to spot trolls, ghosts, and other creatures that are said to live in the area and have haunted travelers for centuries.
Lake Mývatn Information Centre or free hotel pick up
Please be ready at 07:30
Pickup time is 07:30-08:00
Please be ready at 7:30 am, pickup is from 7:30-8:00 am.
We drive east from Lake Mývatn up to the highlands where we stop at Herðubreiðarlindir Springs and more stunning places on our way up to Askja Caldera.
When we arrive at Dreki Gully outside of Askja, we have a lunch break and short walks around that area before heading into Askja Caldera.
The hike to the Askja Lake, inside the caldera, is about half an hour each way, and at the lake, we spend quite some time walking around the area and enjoying the dramatic but beautiful landscape.
After a quick stop at Dreki Gully after the hike, we start our drive back to Lake Mývatn with a short stop or two on the way back.