Askja Trail

Description

  1. Name Askja Trail
  2. Length of trail 90 km, 56 miles
  3. Length in days 5 days
  4. Start of trail Herðubreiðarlindir
  5. End of trail Svartárkot
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

Askja

Askja Trail / Öskjuvegur, Herðubreiðarlindir – Svartárkot, 90 km, 5 days.

This marked trail is located in the north and centre part of the island, and it takes you to the vulcano Askja. This trail is also known by the name “Öskjuvegur”.

In 1875, the infamous Askja plunged the island into disaster. The ashes of an enormous eruption poisoned the land and killed live stock. Consequently, many Icelanders emigrated.

In recent times the volcano erupted several times, the most recent one in 1961, but without doing much harm.

This path, the Askja Trail, runs in a wide arc from  Herðubreiðarlindir to the farm Svartárkot, where you should find a bus to pick you up. The trail is marked and along the way you will pass four cabins where you can stay overnight. The path is maintained by the Touring Club of Akureyri.

The path is rather demanding. During long stretches you will walk over solidified lava, and you will have to cross a ridge on 1300 meters. Here, bad weather is no fun. Of course you must carry your own meals and water. The area is relatively dry, which is another advantage.

The volcano itself is an interesting site. Its central vast caldera is flooded. Nearby is the small, recent crater Viti, where you may meet tourist traveling in 4x4 cars.

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2019
  • Walking and Trekking in Iceland
  • This guidebook to walking routes in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. The total of 100 days of routes described cater for most abilities, from waymarked walks to challenging glacier crossings. Information on public transport, accommodation, facilities and budget travel tips also included. Read more
  • Also available from:
  • The Book Depository, United Kingdom
  • Stanfords, United Kingdom
  • Bol.com, Netherlands
  • Bol.com, Belgium
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Iceland, Walking and Trekking - 100 days of walking and multi-day treks
  • Walking and Trekking in Iceland from Cicerone Press with 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks in various types of terrain including the country’s geothermal areas, presenting both popular classics like the Laugavegur trail and lesser known routes.The walks are grouped geographically to provide a variety of choices in a given area, which is... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Walking and trekking in Iceland
  • This hiking and trekking guidebook offers a total of 49 day hikes and 10 multi-stage treks set right across the magnificent country of Iceland. With three national parks including the mighty Vatnajökull, it is a country of incredible beauty, and its capital, Reykjavík, is an established and easy-to-get-to destination. Including popular, such as... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Walking and trekking in Iceland
  • This hiking and trekking guidebook offers a total of 49 day hikes and 10 multi-stage treks set right across the magnificent country of Iceland. With three national parks including the mighty Vatnajökull, it is a country of incredible beauty, and its capital, Reykjavík, is an established and easy-to-get-to destination. Including popular, such as... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking and Trekking in Iceland - IJsland | Cicerone
  • This guidebook to walking routes in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. The total of 100 days of routes described cater for most abilities, from waymarked walks to challenging glacier crossings. Information on public transport, accommodation, facilities and budget travel tips also included. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • Island: Trekking Klassiker
  • "Island: Trekking-Klassiker" stellt f nf der sehenswertesten Trekkingrouten auf Island vor und liefert alle wichtigen Informationen f r unterwegs. Neben dem bekannten Laugavegur im S den der Insel werden eine Gebirgswanderung ber den Fimmv r uh ls, die Durchquerung des J kuls rglj fur-Nationalparks, eine leichtere Tour durch das westliche... Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Belgium
2013
  • Island: Trekking Klassiker
  • "Island: Trekking-Klassiker" stellt f nf der sehenswertesten Trekkingrouten auf Island vor und liefert alle wichtigen Informationen f r unterwegs. Neben dem bekannten Laugavegur im S den der Insel werden eine Gebirgswanderung ber den Fimmv r uh ls, die Durchquerung des J kuls rglj fur-Nationalparks, eine leichtere Tour durch das westliche... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
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