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Hike Askja Hiking Trail in Iceland (Oeskjuvegur)

Askja Hiking Trail in Iceland (Oeskjuvegur)

Elevation

Min: 912 ft
Max: 4009 ft
Uphill: 3074 ft
Downhill: 3839 ft
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Iceland, the mystic and remote island high up north, is geographically situated in the North Atlantic and about 103,000 km² (10.3 ha) large. Regardless of the season, it's worth coming here throughout the year as each season creates its very own special atmosphere. Upon your visit, you may become a witness of how new land is created and share the fascination for this special island as many... Read more

last update on Jul 25, 2019
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Distance: 67.21 miles
Duration:5 days
Min: 912 ft
Max: 4009 ft
Uphill: 3074 ft
Downhill: 3839 ft

Trail characteristics

Dirt road
Forest track
Hiking trail
Experts only

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Interesting facts

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  • With an overall length of 67 miles the hike is currently the longest hike on Iceland available on TouriSpo.
  • Elevated between 912 ft and 4009 ft, the hike is the highest elevated hikes on Iceland. You're facing an uphill climb of 937 vertical meters on this hike.
  • You shouldn’t forget to bring your hiking boots. There are some sections on the trail where sturdy footwear is required.

Route description

View of Mt. Herðubreið
CC BY 2.0   © Sparkle Motion View of Mt. Herðubreið

Iceland, the land of volcanoes, is best explored on Askja Hiking Trail. The challenging trail leads you through volcanic regions in central/ north-east Iceland, and is also known as Öskjuvegur. As the path leads up Dyngjufjöll Mountain at over 1,300 metres above sea level, you need to beware of blizzards and storms even in summer.
 

  • Day 1: From Herðubreiðarlindir to the hut in Bræðrafell
    17 to 19km; 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 2: From Bræðrafell to Dreki hut
    18 to 20km; 6 to 7 hours
  • Day 3: From Dreki hut via Askja to the hut in Dyngjufell
    19 to 20km; 8 to 10 hours
  • Day 4: From Dyngjufell hut to Botni hut
    20 to 22km; 6 to 8 hours
  • Day 5: From Botni hut to Svartárkot farm
    15 to 16km; 5 to 6 hours
Sturdy shoes necessary
Overnight stay available

Video

Ódáðahraun IV - Trekking Dyngjufjöll... | 07:13

Equipment

Volcanic crater Víti
CC BY 3.0   © Boaworm Volcanic crater Víti

The water supply on the trail is very bad. Apart from the huts, there is no place to get drinkable water. Hence, you should always carry sufficient water for the day. Furthermore, you have to bring all your food. Since the trail leads through uneven grounds and lava fields, you sturdy hiking boots are absolutely necessary.

Getting here

Þorsteinsskáli hut at the starting point
CC BY-SA 2.0   © Ulrich Latzenhofer Þorsteinsskáli hut at the starting point

The hike starts at Herðubreiðarlindir, an oasis near Herðubreið mountain. You can get there on Mountain Road F88. The easiest way is to exit Road 1 near Hrossaborg, east of Lake Mývatn, and follow F88 from there. If you want to use public transportation, you should get a flight or a bus to Akureryi from Reykjavík. From there, another bus takes you to Reykjahlíð at Lake Mývatn.

Contact

Touring Club in Akureyri (FFA)
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+ 354 462 2720
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