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Ásbyrgi Canyon Tours and Tickets

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As one of the highlights of the Diamond Circle, Ásbyrgi Canyon doesn’t disappoint. The horseshoe-shaped depression is technically part of the Vatnajökull National Park (the largest in Europe) and measures approximately 3.5 kilometers in length, 1.1 kilometer across and up to 100 meters high at its steepest cliffs. What makes this canyon so unique though is the distinctive rock formations present in over half its length, divided through the middle by a 25-meter-high piece called Eyjan ("the Island"), which offers spectacular views to curious hikers and day visitors.

Those would who prefer to stay down the canyon will enjoy walking in the typically Icelandic woodland, which consists of knee-high shrubberies, birch and willow trees. The canyon was actually formed by a catastrophic glacial flooding of the river Jökulsá after the last Ice Age -roughly 10,000 years ago—resulting from a volcanic eruption underneath the Vatnajökull ice cap. At least, according to science; Icelandic folklore has a different take on this story. Legend has it that the canyon was formed by the hoof print of Odin's (the all-father of the Norse gods) steed, a colossal eight-legged horse, which explains both the canyon’s odd shape and size.

Ásbyrgi Canyon stands guard to the Jokulsa Canyon and holds numerous wonders like the Hljoðaklettar rock formations, the mighty Dettifoss and even entire villages of hidden people, Iceland’s version of elves. A few Arctic foxes, gyrfalcons, ptarmigans and green-winged teals can also be seen.

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Diamond Circle Day Tour from Akureyri

Diamond Circle Day Tour from Akureyri

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Most tourists in Iceland travel the well-trodden Ring Road. The lesser-trafficked Diamond Circle offers the chance to avoid those crowds and discover the under-visited northern region. As you travel to landmarks such as Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajokull National Park, Godafoss waterfall and the Lake Myvatn area, you'll learn all about Icelandic culture and history from your guide.
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Iceland: See & Do it ALL in 9 Days, 1st Class Traveling

Iceland: See & Do it ALL in 9 Days, 1st Class Traveling

You absolutely will not find another tour out there as packed with activities and attractions as this one, provided by CharlieTheTraveler. You will also not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year-and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price and substance. Below are just some examples of what you will see and do on this tour: ► Witnessing Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights (seasonal) ► Hiking a Caldera, Craters, Glaciers & Volcanoes ► Bathing in a Natural & Steaming Spa (a.k.a. the Blue Lagoon) ► Geothermal Attractions: Geysers, Lava Fields, Mud Pools, Sulphur Springs & Hot Springs ► Exploring an Ice Cave (seasonal) ► Dogsledding & Snowmobiling (seasonal) ► Whale Watching ► Seeing Nature at its Most Pristine: Icebergs, Canyons, a Black Beach, Waterfalls, Lakes & National Parks ► Meeting Friendly Natives And Much, Much More…
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    We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ásbyrgi Canyon can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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    Currently, an entrance ticket to Ásbyrgi Canyon costs USD 134.00. Guided Ásbyrgi Canyon tours start around USD 134.00 per person.
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