This two-day tour through the highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier includes both 4WD driving and hiking.
We will leave Möðrudalur early, heading for the nature reserve of Herðubreiðarlindir, a lush, beautiful, peaceful place in the middle of a sand and lava desert. There we will walk to the ruins of a shelter where the most famous Icelandic outlaw sought refuge, and take time to enjoy the plant and animal life thriving around spring water emerging from under the lava. On our way to Drekagil canyon, near Askja, we will stop by the glacial river Jökulsá and see how its power has created the landscape. After walking into Drekagil, at the edge of Dyngjufjöll volcano, we drive to the nearby caldera Askja. A half-hour's hike will then bring us to the deepest lake in Iceland, Öskjuvatn, and the unique crater Víti, which contains warm water for swimming and healthy silica deposits for the skin. From Askja we will drive to the foot of the Kverkfjöll mountains to have a barbeque, spend the night and let the Kverkfjöll spirits lull us to sleep.
|Duration: 36 klst - 2 nætur|
|Price: 65.800 ISK per pers/ 2 days|
Our hike of the next day onto Vatnajökull glacier, lasting about 8 hours and bringing us to an altitude of 1800 m, will reach a unique geothermal area that melts the ice cap and forms a giant ice cave. Hiking back down, we will also look at the ever-changing ice cave at the bottom of Vatnajökull, before driving back to Möðrudalur and arriving around 8 p.m.
To take the 2 days tour without 8 hours hike up to the geothermal area and have 2 hours glacier hike instead and visiting other hidden pearls of the area insted.
Equipment for the glacier included: crampons, ice axe, harness, rope.