One day guided tour. We travel through the largest untamed part of the country, filled with contrasts and scenes of unforgettable nature.
Travel season: 22 June – 7 September 2017 (or as weather allows)
Departures: daily at 8:00
Duration: 11-12 hours
For many years now, the Askja Lunar Tour has been the most popular guided day tour, leaving from Lake Mývatn.
We travel through the largest wilderness of Iceland, filled with marvels of nature, driving across lunar landscapes where US-astronauts trained before they ventured to the moon in 1969. You will see scenes of unforgettable nature and exiting geology!
Askja, the huge caldera, is still in the making through bedrock subsidence above a deep-seated magma source. It lies centrally in the mountain massif Dyngjufjöll and is an active center of a volcanic system. Askja was not explored until the 19th century. In 1874-1875 there was a series of volcanic eruptions in the system, culminating in a very powerful eruption. Some 2 billion cubic meters of ash and pumice where blown from vents now on the bottom of Lake Öskjuvatn . This 11km2 / 6 mi2 lake formed within a few years, following the event. It is the deepest lake in Iceland, 220 m / 721ft .
The latest eruption in Askja occurred in the autumn 1961. Our bus stops at the slopes of a 1961-crater. An easy 35-min.-long walk leads you to the explosion crater Víti (Hell) at the rim of Lake Öskjuvatn. A small, milky and warm lake adorns the crater. Amazingly, it turns into a heaven if you care to take a bath in it - and if the circumstances allow for such an adventure.
After enjoying the unearthly quietness and bizarre landscape our passengers return to the bus. En route back to Lake Mývatn, a stop is made at Herðubreiðarlindir where clear water flows from springs in an old lava flow. The springs sustain beautiful vegetation and form small ponds providing conditions for flowering plants and birdlife in the otherwise barren, volcanic landscape. The high bulk of the old sub-glacial volcano (tablemountain) Herðubreið (1682 m / 5518ft) rises in about 3 km / 1 mi distance and provides a breathtaking background to this wilderness oasis.
Price per person EUR 210
Children (6-12 yrs) get 50% discount.
Children (0-5 yrs) free
- Guided bus tour (englishspeaking)
Bring warm clothes and good shoes, because the weather can change fast in Iceland and Askja lies 1100 m / 3608ft above see level.
Also please note that you have to have food with you on the trip, there is no restaurant on the way.