Bathing in powder-blue mineral rich geothermal water while enjoying the panorama with mountains and seas is very relaxing. However after ca. 1.5 hours of warm water we were a little bit tired and left the bath but had a lot of fun. We didn’t go to the Blue Lagoon (close to Reyjkavik) because it is excesive expensive. Beside this you have to book long time in advance. Instead we visited the Nature Geothermal bath in Myvatn which is as nice as the Blue Lagoon but half so expensive.
To get there we took a one day trip with a strong 4 WD bus. To get there there is a four hours drive through the lava fields and passing several river crossings.
On our way to the volcano we passed through lunar landscapes. We crossed rivers and small canyons. Obviously there were no bridges- in Iceland the absolute wilderness is normal.
After arriving there we went off the bus and walked over a snow field for ca. 30 min. Askja is a caldera ringed by mountains and enclosing a saphire blue lake. The mountains reflect in the sea. In the caldera you can take a bath. However we dont know if the effort to get there and the costs were worth.
volcanic field is a lunar like landscape of piping fumaroles and and steaming vents. Strong stench of sulphur. Safe trails through the fatures are delineated by ropes. Avoid any lighter coloured soil and repect the ropes.