Aerial Adventure to Mount Askja: Helicopter Ride from Modrudalur
Have you ever been to a volcano? If not, Tourism Iceland is providing you with a wonderful chance to explore Mount Askja. Mount Askja is the land of fire and ice where you can enjoy your vacation. This mountain range is covered with snowy tops and dazzling lakes located on the amber edges of Caldera. Our Tourism experts will make sure you get an amazing experience of your life here.
About Mount Askja
Vatnajokull Glacier National Park is home to Mount Askja (Icelandic for “caldera”). It’s a volcano crater that’s 1,516 meters (4,974 feet) tall and contains a lake that’s 200 meters deep near a circular, white geothermal lake. Dyngjufjoll is home to the renowned Askja.
A caldera measuring 8 kilometers (5 miles) in length and 200 meters (656 feet) in depth, now known as Lake Oskjuvatn, was formed about 10,000 years ago when Mount Askja erupted, causing the roof of the lava chamber to collapse and create the biggest caldera in Iceland. However, its foundation is sinking beneath the waves more and more each day. Askja Mountain is a volcano that has erupted multiple times in the past, each time with devastating effects. Among Iceland’s active volcanoes, it quickly rose to prominence. About 0.1 km of lava erupted during the last significant eruption, which occurred in 1961. However, its foundation is sinking beneath the waves more and more each day.
What will you See From Above?
You will be in awe of the Icelandic highland’s magnificence as we soar approach the Askja Caldera.
You will be taken from a specific pickup point. At the start of the trip, you will see the sights of
the Möðrudalur settlement that will surprise you. The multicolored turf houses and structures below the surface of the lake will fascinate you. The green area around the lake is massive. On covering some distance you will get a shimmering view of Modrudalur kettle hole lakes. The slanting angles of the sun’s rays will add a stunning spark to the unspoiled Icelandic natural beauty.
- Herðubreið Mountain
- Odadahraun desert
- Herðubreiðarlindir (oasis)
- Mount Askja
- Öskjuvatn lake
- Lake Vitti
- Food and drinks
On the approach to Lake Askja, you will come across the tiny waterfall of Grafarlandsfoss, surrounded by lush green meadow fields. It’s a tall cascade, so the water seems foamy from above. In the early summer, you may even be able to spot the blossoming flowers of shrubbery from above.
On your way to Askja Caldera, you are going to see a beautiful view of Herubrei Rock, which is Iceland’s national rock. It is about 87 kilometers (51 miles) from Modrudalur and 34 kilometers (21 miles) from Askja Crater. All year long, snow covers the 1682-meter-high Mount Herdubreid, which is a beautiful high table. Due to its beauty, it was nicknamed Iceland’s mountain queen.
Our next stop is going to be the Ódáðahraun Desert. It is a 46000 square kilometer barren region. The land has wild topography and expansive lava fields. Because of its rugged and rough nature, this desert is often avoided by locals during night times and in past was a major hideout for the outlaws but now its safe. You will also be taken to have a view of Herðubreiðarlindir (oasis) in the Highland of Iceland.
What will you Find After Landing?
Once you arrive on the site, you will find the amazing rocky amber-colored land of Mount Askja. You will also get a blissful sight of the famous volcano and Öskjuvatn Lake also called Lake Askja.
Lake Askja, also known as Öskjuvatn Lake, is another famous spot. This late stays cold and icy all year around. In case the weather is good, you will have a chance to get a beautiful reflection of the neighboring mountains in the glacial waters.
Even though Lake Öskjuvatn is colder, Lake Vitti stays warm all year around. It has a geothermal spring below its surface. Hence the weather becomes warm. It will be pleasant to take a swim in Krafla crater lake. It is your best chance to soak yourself in the warm waters for a refreshing change.