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    Askja & Víti

    Explore the mythical gates to Hell in the deserted highlands...

    Askja is a popular tourist destination.  Whether you get there hiking, riding on a big bus or in a 4x4 super jeep this journey is one of a kind!  Discover what it's all about and browse our recommended tours below.

    Askja is a stratovolcano in the Icelandic highlands and Víti is a warm geothermal lake naturally formed at the bottom of one of Askja's craters.

    The volcano's name Askja means box or caldera in Icelandic, refering to several calderas situated in the surrounding Dyngjufjöll mountains (1.510m). The word Víti literally means "hell", a common belief in the old days was that big craters were the gates to the underworld.

    Take a moonwalk in the footsteps of Armstrong and Aldrin down to Víti crater and go for a swim!

    The unusual landscape of the Askja area was actually used for training astronauts for the Apollo program to study geology and prepare them for lunar conditions. When you get there you will see why! 

    The region is only accessible for a few months every year (around late June until early October) due to the climate at this high altitude.

    Askja is by many considered a must-see in Iceland. There are two mountain huts and a campsite for visitors at Dreki, by Drekagil canyon (translation: the Canyon of Dragons, it does look as cool as it sounds!).

    The road to Askja is about 100 km off the ring road no.1 and it's only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. From the very end of the road it is a relatively easy walk of about 2.5 km to the geothermal lake Víti in the Askja caldera where you can go for a swim if weather conditions allow. It is without a doubt an unforgettable experience!

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    Facts

    For whom
    Adventurous hikers and 4x4 travelers
    Location
    North of Vatnajökull glacier
    Season
    June - September
    Expect
    Buzz Aldrin's second favorite place in the whole Universe

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