On the trail from Mývatn to Ásbyrgi: hiking from Vesturdalur to Ásbyrgi

Hike Facts Recommended Guide
Distance 12 km
Ascent 500 m
Estimated time 4 hours
GPX files & profile See the online map below
This is a section of Mývatn – Ásbyrgi Trail

Terrain: Easy trail along an astonishing canyon and its side gorges. Well marked with water in the beginning and the end.

Vesturdalur is a lovely place full of trees and water. Once you leave it, the landscape becomes a bit more mossy but still quite grassy and green.

Trail highway

There are two variations to the Ásbyrgi trail. We chose the shorter one heading to a canyon around lake Botnstjörn. It was easy and flat with a lot of small lakes and birdlife.

Just another awesome rock formation on the way

The shorter version turned out to be an excellent choice because the canyon at the end was absolutely breathtaking. It’s definitely worth spending more time there if you have it!

Canyon in Ásbyrgi

The information centre in Ásbyrgi was nice and modern and very educational, with free wifi, top class toilets and chairs inside where you can sit and charge your stuff.


Total distance: 12346 m
Max elevation: 197 m
Min elevation: 20 m
Download file: GPX - hikingisgood-com - is - myvatn - asbyrgi 5.gpx

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I lived a pretty ordinary life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job, and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so, in 2014, I left my home country (Czechia) to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more. I lived in a few countries before settling in New Zealand.

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