Askja, Reykjahlid

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Askja is a caldera situated in a remote part of the central highlands of Iceland. The name Askja refers to a complex of nested calderas within the surrounding Dyngjufjöll mountains, which rise to 1510m, askja meaning box or caldera in IcelandicLocationThe region is only accessible for a few months of the year. Being situated in the rain shadow to the northeast of the Vatnajökull glacier, the area receives only about 450 mm of rainfall annually. The area was used during training for the Apollo program to prepare astronauts for the lunar missions. Their main objective in Askja was to study geology.EruptionsAskja was virtually unknown until the tremendous eruption which started on March 29, 1875. Especially in the eastern fjords of Iceland, the ashfall was heavy enough to poison the land and kill livestock. Ash, or tephra from this eruption was wind-blown to Norway and Sweden. The eruption triggered a substantial wave of emigration from Iceland. Another less well-known eruption occurred in the early Holocene, ca 11,000 years ago. Tephra from this eruption has been found in south-east Sweden, Northern Ireland and north Norway. The last eruption of Askja was in 1961.
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  • We booked this trip through a third party, but the trip provider was Saga. Our driver / tourguide, Thordur Hjalmarsson, was excellent, and we particularly appreciated the fact that we were part of a....  more »
  • An outstanding and amazing place on our planet to be visited. It's a MUST,reachable only by a big 4×4. A lunar lanscape with extremely strong and cold arctic winds. You will be amazed by these views  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing! if you get to the top look out for the beautiful rainbow rocks at the top! 😊
  • Absolutely beautiful, take F905 and F910, its not bad at all in July, I drove a KIA.
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