Myvatn Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours • Bus Tours • Day Trips
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
We are a day tour operation that have been running this tour over 35 years, it takes people up to the highlands of Iceland where Askja (caldera) and Viti lies. We will go through the nature reserve area of Herdubreidarlindir too. This tour provides scenes of unforgettable Icelandic nature and geology. We offer trips with 4x4 buses because we go through rough lava fields and rivers. In the highlands you will see lunar landscape, glacier rivers. There is guide on the bus that will tell you about the area that we go through. People are come again and again with us.
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June A
Surrey, UK2,438 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience the very first tour of the year - at end of June this year, one of the most memorable things I did during this my 8th visit to Iceland. I was recommended to try this company due to the fact that they have a snowcat, which as it turned out was very lucky as there was still a considerable amount of snow on the ground.

The tour took just over 12 hours and at a little over £100 is really excellent value for money. You need of course to bring plenty of food and water - bottles though can be filled from rivers and springs en route or the mountain huts that are used as stops.

A few short stops were made en route to Herdubriedalindir, the Queen of Icelandic mountains, which dominates the landscape for most of the route. This is a beautiful green oasis and home to a mountain hut where we made a longer stop of maybe 45 minutes towards mid morning - an early lunch break. We were led first to the shelter used by a famous Icelandic outlaw and then left to explore the area on our own and of course eat. We were told that it was fine for us to use the mountain hut but I chose to sit outside in the warm early summer sunshine. I had expected it to be chilly in the highlands, and accordingly had taken an extra layer of clothes just in case I needed them, but I found that T shirt and three season walking trousers with of course good quality hiking boots were fine.

Several shorter stops had made been en route to Herdubriedalindur - and two river crossings. How the driver manages to navigate those mountain tracks and passes is beyond me - not something I would try, and I guess they have the training and experience if you grow up in this region. I live in a remote Surrey village on top of a steep hill and some city people struggle to drive up here!

The next stop in the early afternoon was for the Askja crater itself. Snow prevented us from being able to drive up to the usual parking place, but it was the snow cat to the rescue for a 15 minute drive through the dramatic snowy scenery followed by a 2.5 km walk - normally this takes around 20 minutes, but it took me twice that in the snow, which was ankle deep, and I was one of the faster members of the group.

By the time we got to the crater, we were tired and hot, but it was worth the walk - the scenery was just awesome and unlike anything you will see - it is easy to see why they suggested it was so lunar like, not that I have experience of the Moon you understand, but it is how I would imagine it to be. The natural lake inside the crater was still frozen, with small areas of melt which the rangers were able to access, although out of bounds to us mere mortals. Normally it is possible to walk around the crater, but due to the amount of snow and unstable snow bridges it was not possible at this time. The crater Viti which you can bathe in in the right conditions, was also inaccessible due to the large amounts of snow and melt water.

Although we did not have a great deal of time at the site - an hour at the most, I was so glad that I spent the time and effort to get here, for the scenery is so stunning it is really difficult to describe. Descriptions lessen the intensity and this is one place that you just have to see for yourself. Unless you are supremely rich with good experience of off road driving and crossing rivers, the best way is undoubtedly on one of these tours - I guess you could walk from Drekagil if you were staying there - I believe some of the other highland bus routes stop here.

On the way back we stopped at Drekagil for a late lunch/supper stop before driving most of the way back. Both driver and guide were brilliant and very informative - unlike the other companies that operate these tours, Myvatn Tours offer both driver and guide - another reason for choosing them. This was without a doubt one of the highlights of this visit and I am so glad I made the effort.
Written July 5, 2014
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Eran-Sagi
Modiin, Israel3 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Hi,

We took the myvatn tours day tour to Askja on August, , The guide (Helka) was excellent and gave us good information and added her own point of view on life in Iceland and local traditions.
The tour was amazing and covered the Glacier river, mount eldenbarg, the NASA location which the Astronauts were training , Dragon Valley, and of course the trip to the Askja lake and Viti caldera.

Unlike the other review, which I don't know where it drives its Information from. the Walk to the caldera and lake is Apx. 2.4 KM each way and the guide gave us specific details regarding the effort needed (which is moderated to easy). the walk took about 45 minutes on each direction, which gives you about an hour to enjoy the Caldera on your free time.
We were traveling with two kids (8 Yrs + 11 Yrs) and a senior (above 60 Yrs), so I guess the effort is achievable to any person with no disabilities.

The Information regarding the Walk (distance and Effort) are clearly marked on signs at the parking space.

During the Day we had two stops for WC.

Highly Recommended,

Eran
Written August 16, 2013
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Wesley M
Bornem, Belgium3 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
We were very happy with the Askja day tour. There were many stops to take pictures (no need to take pictures through the window of the bus), our guide gave lots of interesting information and we saw several highlights such as the Herðubreið mountain and the Viti crater.

Please be aware that in case there is still snow on Askja (as it was in July 2014) the walk to the caldera is quite challenging since walking in snow is very tiring. However, anybody with standard walking skill can do the hike. In addition, when returning from the hike you have a couple of hours time to recuperate in the bus!
Written July 31, 2014
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gadi_sam
Haifa, Israel68 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
I would like to share with you an unpleasant experience we had with Askja tour we took with Myvatn Tours on July 10, 2013.

We booked the tour by email several months in advance. In all their publications, as well as in the emails they sent to me, they kept saying that the tour includes a "30 minutes easy hike to Crater Viti". Apparently, this is not true. The distance from the parking lot to Viti is 4.5 km, a roundtrip is 9 km, which requires at least a 2 hours of walk!!! Only an Olympic champion can walk 9 km in 30 minutes! Moreover, the mountain was covered with snow, which made the hike a very difficult one! But even on a solid ground, 9 km is not a 30 minutes easy hike!

If we knew in advance that the tour involves a 9 km walk - even on plain ground without any snow - we wouldn't have taken it at all! 9 km is not a 30 minute easy hike!

Of course, they cannot control the weather, but they knew at least several days before the tour that the mountain was covered with snow, and could have let us know about it by mail. Moreover, when we entered the bus at the beginning of the tour, the guide said that the mountain was covered with snow, but she never said a word that we would have to walk 9km on it!

My wife couldn’t walk in the snow. She remained in the parking lot, and missed the highlight of the trip, and all that because of Myvatn Tours' False Advertising. I had a long correspondence with them, and asked for a refund of the sum that my wife paid. They apologized but refused to give us a refund.

I consider applying to the Icelandic Ministry of Tourism and tell them the whole story. In the meanwhile, I've got nothing to do but to warn you guys!
Written July 21, 2013
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Joan D
Barcelona, Spain283 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
On august 13th we took this excursion with Myvatn tours to Askja.
It's the best and more confortable way to go to Askja if you are not driving a huge 4wdCar or a truck. Some big rivers need to be crossed. The young guide was excellent. She was very clear and gave the necessary information about the visiting places and Icelandic traditions, life and culture.
The hike, around 3km each way, is very easy no no special preparation was needed to walk from the parking lot to Askja and Viti Calderas. It was made even but children and seniors.
Landscapes in Askja and during the travel are amazing.
A bath naked in the hot waters of the Askja caldera is unforgattable. Strongly recommended.
Written August 22, 2013
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Milana K
Boston, MA89 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We took a tour to Askja lake with Myvatn Tours. It was one of the best of our experiences in Iceland. The bus took us through the most pictures places. We had stops on the way for some attractions, restrooms and lunch. We could not get to the end of the road by bus, since there was too much snow in July. The Myvatn Tours organized a snow mobile for out group to drive us to the end of the road. After that we had to hike about 2 km in snow. The snow converts the easy path into not so easy one but even our 12 year old did well. It was hard for not so young people. The hiking sticks helped a lot. We had no snow boots with us and our "water proof" Merrells got wet but not too bad (we still love our Merrells). The beauty of the lake worths all the effort. This is an exquisite trip that hard to do alone. Taking it with Myvatn Tours is highly recommended.
Written July 15, 2015
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JosebaUrzelaiIntza
Zurich, Switzerland120 contributions
We are a Swiss couple and wanted to visit Askja from Myvatn - initially is a small group, but due to availability issues we ended up booking 2 seats in the 4x4 bus. It was a great decision! Basically you travel at the same rhythm than other smaller 4x4 super cars and at the end you do the same tour - for less money. If you are ok to share the bus with other 30 people, this is the best option. Now, there is also the quality of the staff... we had Hrefna as guide, a cheerful Icelandic woman, born in Selfoss and living in Reykjavík. She was amazing, knew and explained every detail of the surroundings, told plenty of stories about trolls, elves, outlaws, love and drama - and she even signed several Icelandic songs. She was fantastic! The driver - Axel - did an excellent job dealing with the challenging road and the rivers. So, I strongly recommend to take this tour!
Written August 17, 2020
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janiceh437
Paisley7 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
A well organised trip with Myvatn tours to one of Iceland's amazing places. Practical arrangements well handled (although a toilet on the bus or more loo stops would be good!). Enough information provided as we travelled on what we could see but not so much as to overwhelm or intrude. Highly recommended.
Written October 26, 2016
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Steen
Malmö, Sweden61 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Go if you want to swim in a volcano and experience some out-of-this-world scenery. The trip is truly a once in a lifetime experience and our guide Kristinn was excellent, giving a lot of insight into the various sightings on the tour. I particularly liked the place where 9 out the 12 astronauts who have walked to moon trained.

But make no mistake - to fully appreciate the Askja tour is hard work.
•In 5 hours of bumpy, winding lava roads we had to make 6 unexpected stops due to people suffering car sickness - bring your motion sickness pills
•During the 2 hour hike to the Viti crater and back you may experience very cold temperatures, strong winds and beware of hiking over the snow as there can be deep water underneath
•The decent to the Viti crater is very steep, slippery and narrow and only possible to do with good shoes and rest assured that you will be muddy in the end
Written August 9, 2016
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Lee-Klotz
Stockholm, Sweden9 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
We did the Askja tour with Myvatn Day Tours on the 19th August and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour was well planned out with breaks in between, especially it being a 10-11 hour trip. The guide was awesome. She was very informative, professional and made the trip even more special by not just talking about the places we had seen throughout the day but also giving us an insight into Icelandic culture and their traditions in Iceland. We throughly recommend to everyone to do the tour! It well worth the money!
Written August 24, 2013
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