Víti

The gate to hell. Víti crater and surroundings is a must see in Iceland. You can even take a dip in the warm water (the black dots seen in the water are actually groups of people). PIC Zanthia

For the truly wonderful things in this world you always have to go the extra mile. Located deep in the highland of Northeastern Iceland in a barren, but stunning surroundings, is the Askja lake and next to it the gate to hell. Literally!

Víti, hell in Icelandic, does not seem such a marvel next to the great Askja lake beside it. But look at the picture and stop when you come to the tiny black dots. Those are groups of people.

Víti is an old geothermal volcanic crater that makes quite an impression on every visitor. The bright blue and opaque water is guarenteed to blow your mind and due to the fact it is genuinely difficult to come here means the area is seldom crowded with people as is the case in most other wonderful places in the country.

Even after the volcanic landscape of Dyngjufjöll, Dyngja Mountain, surrounding Askja and Víti has blown your mind there is more to come. You can actually take a dip into the Víti crater since its water is warm. This experience is totally unique but beware that there are strong and dangerous sulphuric vapors here if you stay too long.

De facto

Dyngjufjöll is the place where NASA sent and trained its astronauts in preperation for the famous manned moonlanding in 1969

Getting here

Access only possible during high summer from June, July until late August. Sightseeing flights are available from Mývatn area. Ditto with tour buses from Akureyri and Mývatn. Driving here is possible in a sturdy 4×4 vehicle but conditions are tricky. Tarmacked road from highway 1 on Mývatnsöræfum. Getting here, enjoying and back again will take the whole day.

Our humble opinion

This is one of the most fascinating places in both Iceland and the world. Driving here will also take you through truly breathtaking scenery. If you are up for adventure bring a tent and make this trip last a couple of days.