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The Askja Lunar tour bus tour
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The Askja Lunar tour  bus tour
Price p.p.
153 £

ASKJA LUNAR TOUR
BUS TOUR IN THE HIGHLANDS

DEPARTURE DAYS & TIMES
June 25th to July 30th: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:00 am 
Daily from July 1st to August 31st at 8:00 pm 
September 1st to September 5th: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 pm.
 
PLACE OF DEPARTURE
The tourist information center in the village of Reykjahlíð at Mývatn

DURATION
11-12 hours

PRICE INFORMATION
Children 0-5 free (this trip is not recommended for small children) 
Children 6-12   50% reduction
5% reduction for people who book their whole trip with us
 
INCLUDED
  • Bus tour
  • English speaking driver / guide
DESCRIPTION
 For many years now, the Askja Lunar Tour has been the most popular guided daytour from Lake Mývatn. We travel through the largest wilderness of Iceland, filled with marvels of nature, driving across lunar landscapes where US-astronauts trained before they ventured to the moon in 1969. You will see scenes of unforgettable nature and exciting geology!
Askja , the huge caldera, is still being formed and changed by nature above a deep-seated magma source. It lies centrally in the mountain massif Dyngjufjöll and is an active centre of a volcanic system. Askja was not explored until the 19th century. In 1874-1875 there was a series of volcanic eruptions in the system, culminating in a very powerful eruption. Some 2 billion cubic metres of ash and pumice were blown from vents now on the bottom of Lake Öskjuvatn. This 7 sq. m lake formed within a few years, following the event. It is the deepest lake in Iceland at 720 ft.
The latest eruption in Askja occurred in the autumn 1961. Our bus stops at the slopes of a 1961crater. An easy 30 min. walk leads us to the explosion crater Víti (Hell) at the rim of Lake Öskjuvatn. A small, milky and warm lake adorns the crater. Amazingly, it feels like heaven if you care to take a swim in it. After enjoying the unearthly quietness and bizarre landscape, our passengers return to the bus. En route back to Lake Mývatn, a stop is made at Herðubreiðarlindir where clear water flows from springs in an old lava flow. The springs sustain beautiful vegetation and form small ponds providing conditions for flowering plants and birdlife in the otherwise barren, volcanic landscape. The high bulk of the old sub-glacial volcano (tablemountain) Herðubreið(1682 m) rises about 2 miles in the dustance and provides a breathtaking background to this wilderness oasis.
 
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Lunch and refreshments are not included so be sure to pack enough to eat and drink. Because of high altitude, it can get cold even on a sunny summer day so make sure to bring warm clothes and sturdy shoes along.
 
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