This should definitely not be missed. You do have a few river crossings to get there, so a jeep and 4x4 is a must, but even the drive through the black and brown dessert is worth the trip, let alone Askja itself. We stayed at the camp nearby (very friendly) and went to see the volcano despite the bad weather (it was beginning of August and snowing). We parked at the most northern - nearby parking and it took as app. 20-30 minutes easy walk (not much uphill) to reach the craters. When you get there it is hard to believe that the giant lake is actually a huge volcano crater, and the small Viti crater nearby just makes everything even more surreal. Although the path to the Viti crater is a bit steep (quite easy if you go down the little stream) it is worth the while - yes it smells foul, but the water is quite warm (25 degrees C) and you can bathe in it.
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