Join a guided day trip into the rugged lunar landscapes of Iceland’s interior, visiting the Askja crater, where NASA trained the Apollo astronauts in preparation for the moon landings and also a hideout for Icelandic outlaws during the middle ages.
From Akureyri the tour heads straight to the highlands across vast stretches of sand and lava fields on a rugged mountain track towards Mt. Herðubreið, Iceland’s national mountain. A short stop is made at Herðubreiðarlindir, an oasis in the desert. The Drekagil gully is explored before driving into the Askja caldera, parking next to craters from the 1961 eruption.
From there, walk to Lake Askja and Víti, an explosion crater formed in 1875. The more adventurous people have the opportunity to take a bath in the crater pond (don’t forget a towel). On the way back to Akureyri it is possible to enjoy a stop at “Mountain Café” in Möðrudalur, the most remote settlement in Iceland.
Duration: 12 hours from Akureyri / 10 hours from Myvatn
Price: from £241 per person, minimum 2 participants
Departures: daily at 06:30 from Akureyri / 08:00 from Myvatn
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