Askja is a special place in the highlands of Iceland. Not only the drive to Askja is totally worth, also seeing and hiking to the Öskjuvatn Lake is stunning.
Drive by yourself: in order to drive to Askja yourself you need a 4×4 wheel drive. This is one of the more challenging drives in the highlands of Iceland because it includes several river crossings.
Book a tour to Askja: In case you do not feel comfortable driving yourself, book a tour with a highland bus in the Myvatn Information center.
Hike: the hike to the Víti and Öskjuvatn Lake can be started from the parking slot. It will take 45 minutes for 1 direction.
Tips: the tour to Askja is a full day tour, no matter if you are going by yourself or with a bus tour. The weather in the highlands is hard to predict, it can be everything: sun, rain, wind, fog and snow. The two times we visit we had a sandstorm the first time and the second time fog and strong rain.
Personal opinion: Askja is a special place in Iceland and a really beautiful one. Even the drive to the location is amazing.