June – October
12 - 13 Hours
A visit to the Askja Caldera in the Icelandic highlands is a once in a lifetime experience. The landscape of the highlands is unique and probably unlike anything you have seen before. During the tour, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you have been shot into space and landed on another planet! This tour offers you the chance to visit this amazing area with a professional local guide. You will not only explore the Askja Caldera but you will also see stunning mountains, forge rivers and visit other hard-to-access areas of the highlands.
This tour departs early morning from the Lake Mývatn area. Once you have met up with your guide and group, you will start the drive into the Icelandic highlands. As you drive up to the Askja caldera, you will make stops at some beautiful and unique places. One of the highlights is Herðubreiðalindir. This oasis in the barren highlands is not only stunningly beautiful, but it is also rich with history. Here, outlaws would seek refuge in olden times, the most famous being Fjalla-Eyvindur. As you visit this oasis and enjoy views to the Queen of Icelandic mountains, Herðubreið, your guide will tell you more about Fjalla-Eyvindur and how he survived here.
Other stops along the route include Drekagil, or Dragons gully. The gully is named for the dragon many can make out in its geological formation. After a picnic stop at Drekagil, you’ll continue up to the Askja caldera. This 50 km2 caldera is located in the Dyngjufjöll mountains, which emerged in eruptions under an Ice Age glacier cap. The caldera itself mostly formed during the ice age in a major ash eruption. This eruption caused the roof of the magma chamber at the heart of the central volcano to subside.
The caldera contains several volcanoes, including the Víti crater. Víti is an explosive volcanic crater where water has accumulated, creating a milky blue crater lake. From the calderas parking lot, you will then hike about 2.5 km up to the caldera itself. The hike is classified as easy to moderate, depending on the snow levels when you visit. If you visit in early summer, you should expect more snow. Once up at the caldera, you can enjoy the amazing views over the caldera and Lake Askja. One of the most stunning sights here is the Víti crater. If conditions allow, you might be able to bathe in the milky blue water of this volcanic crater! You should always bring a swimsuit and a towel, but your guide will decide if it is safe given the conditions at each time.
After visiting the Askja caldera, you will return to your vehicle and continue your journey. Before heading back to Lake Mývatn, you will visit the Holuhraun lava field. This lava field is Iceland’s youngest and you will get to explore this rough, moon-like landscape before driving back to Lake Mývatn.
This tour can also be arranged as a private tour. Contact us at email@example.com for pricing and availability for private tours.
Yes, pickup and dropoff in the Lake Mývatn area are included in the tour price. You can also meet your guide and group by the Hotel Reynihlíð Parking / Mývatn Activity Office at 08:00 on your tour date.
No, this tour is only available as a day tour from the Lake Mývatn area.
If you do not have a rental car or other means of transportation to get to Lake Mývatn, but would like to go on this tour, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability for a multiday private tour.
Please note that a multiday tour will require spending at least two nights in the Lake Mývatn area.
The duration of this tour is about 12 – 13 hours.
You should wear comfortable, warm clothing and a sturdy pair of hiking boots for this tour.
It is preferable to dress in layers and wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable.
Avoid cotton and denim, as these fabrics take a long time to dry and are not suitable for the tour.
As the weather is very unpredictable we advise people to check the weather forecast the evening before and dress according to the weather. Even if the forecast looks good, you should still bring wind and waterproof clothing in your day pack (small backpack).
It is sometimes possible to bathe in the crater lake, but this all depends on the conditions each day. You should always bring your swimsuit and towel, but your guide will decide if it is safe to go into the crater lake. A bath in the lake is never guaranteed.
No, lunch is not included in the tour price. There are no restaurants or services in this area of the Icelandic highlands so you must bring a packed lunch, snacks, and a re-fillable water botter.
Please note that this tour is 12 – 13 hours long.
Yes, children 6 years and older are welcome on this tour. If you have children younger than 6 years of age we recommend a private tour. Please contact us at email@example.com for pricing and availability for private tours.
Yes, absolutely! If you are interested in a private Askja Caldera & Holuhraun Super Jeep tour please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your group size, which date you would like to travel on and any special requests.
Reservations can be canceled 7 days prior to departure for a 90% refund.
If the tour is canceled 3 – 6 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour price is refunded.
Cancellations received less than 3 days prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 3 days before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.