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Askja classic

    Tour Operator: Mývatn Tours     12 hours     Travel method: Jeep / 4x4     Region: North

Askja tour

Askja tour is one of the top 10 to see in Iceland. We have been running this tour for 40 years now and it is amazing place to see when you are in Iceland. We bring you to Askja in our 4x4 bus. You sit high up, lot of space for your feet, and your belonging. We have good drivers so you can relax and listen to the guide while he tells you about the area that we are driving through.

We are a day tour operation that takes people up to the highlands of Iceland where Askja caldera and crater Víti lies. We will go through the nature reserve area of Herðubreiðarlindir too. This tour provides scenes of unforgettable Icelandic nature and geology. We offer trips with 4x4 buses because we go through ruff lava field and rivers. In the highlands you will see lunar landscape, glacier rivers, deepest lake in Iceland, sand, lava, mountains, crater and lot more. You will go home with unforgettable memories of landscape and knowledge. In Víti you can take a bathe in the nature in middle of Iceland, that is 1100m above sea level.

Askja is in the middle of the lcelandic highlands and it takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to drive there. Our trip starts and ends in the village Reykjahlið in the Lake Mývatn area. Time of departure is 8am and we are back around 7 or 8pm.

On the way up to Askja we stop a few times to have a closer look at the amazing landscape and geological wonders, such as lava fields, glacial rivers, fresh warer rivers, natural springs and magnificent mountains. During these break the passengers also have time to sit down for a while inside a hut or outside in the grass and have a bite to eat, but there are no cafés or restaurants on the way. When the bus arrives at the parking space in Askja around 12am-1pm, our passengers get 2-2,5 hours free time. There is an approximately 35 min esay walk from the parking space to Askja lake and the Víti crater, where you can go to a swim if the conditions are good. After a short stop in Drekagil, 8km from Askja, we drive directly back to Reykjahlíð village.  

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What is included

Guided tour in 4x4 bus.

Important information

1) Warm clothes and good shoes, since the weather in the highlands is unpredictable and can change suddenly.

2) Food for the day. There are no supermarkets or restaurants on the way.

3) Towels so you can take a bath in the crater Víti if the conditions are good.


The weather in Iceland can change fast so it is best to have more clothes then less because you can leave it in the bus while you hike to the Askja lake. 

In beginning of summer in the highlands there can still be snow. You may have to walk in snow from the parking place to the lake Askja. 

One way is 2,4 km long but flat with small hill in the beginning. It takes around 35 minutes to walk in good condition. It can be challenging in the snow.

Notice Covid19:

When you book a tour with us, please let us know if your schedule is not flexible at all. We might have to merge bookings onto different dates around your departure date to reach our minimum capacity. 

Please note that you can always change your booked date according to our avail-abilities or receive a voucher from us.

We clean our buses before and after every tour to keep you safe. We also ask you to go after the rules that we set. You can also go on website www.covid.is to see how you can help you and others to keep safe.

  Meeting Point Information

Meeting point is at our home in Arnarnes, road nr. 848. 2 km south of Reykjahlíð village

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