Askja and whale watching # 3



Askja and whale watching

The full day adventure to Askja caldera (see #1) plus a ticket for a whale watching tour from Húsavík at a discount price. Húsavík is the whale watching capital of Iceland and the Skjalfandi bay is said to be the best place to see the big whales. Check out for further information.

We have been running the Askja classic tour since 1980 and it always classic and popular one to take.

Tour description to Askja: 

Askja is in the middle of the Icelandic highlands and it takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to drive there. Our trip starts and ends in the village Reykjahlíð in the Lake Mývatn area. Time of departure is 8am and we are back around 7 or 8 pm.

On the way up to Askja we stop a few times to have a closer look at the amazing landscape and geological wonders, such as lava fields, glacial rivers, freshwater rivers, natural springs and magnificent mountains. During these breaks the passengers also have time to sit down for a while inside a hut or outside in the grass and have a bite to eat, but there are no cafés or restaurants on the way. When the bus arrives at the parking space in Askja around 12am-1pm, our passengers get 2-2,5 hours free time. There is an approximately 35 min easy walk from the parking space to Askja lake and the Víti crater, where you can go for a swim if the conditions are good. After a short stop in Drekagil, 8km from Askja, we drive directly back to Reykjahlíð village.

The meeting point for the Askja tour is in the village Reykjahlíð by Kjörbúðin supermarket. You have to be there at 7:45 am because the bus leaves at 8am. The tour is approximately 11-12 hours so we are back to Reykjahlíð at 7 or 8pm.

Please bring to the Askja tour:
1) Warm clothes and good shoes, since the weather in the highlands is unpredictable and can change suddenly.
2) Food for the day. There are no supermarkets or restaurants on the way.
3) Towels so you can take a bath in the crater Víti if the conditions are good, it is quite steep down to the lake. The water is between 20°C-30°C hot.
4) Notice that you may have to walk in snow in beginning of summer, from the parking place in Askja to the Lake Askja, so it is best to have good shoes.

 For whale watching in Húsavík:

The whale watching tours takes about 3 hours.

Húsvík Original Whale Watching. Experience the Original Húsavík Whale Watching tour that has built a reputation for the town of Húsavík which has been coined "the Whale Watching Capital of Iceland".

Discover the magnificent nature of Skjalfandi Bay observing whales, dolphins and sea birds in their natural habitat. Enjoy the smooth, safe sailing in a traditional Icelandic oak boat, guided by our professional crew especially trained in responsible conduct with whales, and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and a cinnamon bun. Recommended by thousands of satisfied travelers worldwide, the Original Husavik Whale Watching tour is an authentic wildlife adventure by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

Pick time and date for the whale watching and email us or phone us 00354 464-1920: 


Notice: The meeting point is in Húsavík where North Sailing desk is. Easy to find! 

Need to bring: Warm overalls and raincoats if needed.