Askja day tour

Fjallasýn provide departures to Askja from Mývatn, from June to September. Start and end of the season might vary due to circumstances. We use a super-van or another 4x4 vehicle for the Askja tour. Departure is from Mývatnsstofa (Information Center in Mývatn area, next to the supermarket in the village Reykjahlíð). See on a map

Askja day tour from Mývatn

The route

From the lake Mývatn we take road 1 towards the crater Hrossaborg, where we turn on road F88 (gravel road).

We across the rivers Grafarlandaá and Lindá and make a stop in the nature reserve Herðubreiðarlindir (nearby mt. Herðubreið).

We head to Dyngjufjöll, where the main goals are, first the canyon Drekagil, and then the caldera Askja.

From the parking by Vikraborgir (craters), we take a walk to the lake of Askja and the crater Víti. This is about 2,4 km one way.

We drive the same way back.

Keep in mind

To bring food for the day and be ready for possible different weather. Better to have an extra sweater instead of missing one.

Askja is in approx. 1000 meters over sea level, compare to approx. 280 m.o.s. of the lake Mývatn. So weather might be variable from the start to the end of the day. And the weather in the highlands can also change quite fast. We recommend that travellers brings good shoes and warm and preferably water-/windproof clothes.

In early summer (different for how long into the season), the walk from the parking area to Askja lake and Víti (crater) is on snow and therefore bit more difficult than later in the season (approx. 2,4 km one way).


Book Askja day tour here


Super-Van / Bus

Availability: July 1st  - Sept 15th  – reservation required.

Departure: Mývatnsstofa (see here)

Meeting time: 7:35 a.m.
Departure is 7:45.

Tour duration: Approx. 9 -10 hours. Due to road or weather condition, the tour might take longer time than planned, or in some cases force us to cancel the trip. This is mainly note for the early summer and fall. On the other hand, in some cases, it might also take bit shorter time.

Tour price: See booking form.

Price includes: Transportation, guidance (in English), highland’s service day fee.

Not included:
food and drinks, personal insurance. As there are no restaurants in Askja area (or in this part of the highland), we highly recommend that people bring lunch package and water.


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