Viti, or Hell, is one of the most interesting natural wonders in Iceland. It is an explosion crater on the northeast shore of Öskjuvatn in the middle of the Icelandic highland. The crater is around 150 meters in diameter and contains a geothermal lake of mineral-rich warm water. Although the name isn’t particularly inviting many visitors and tourists visiting the place like to dip into Víti. The water is not conveniently hot but enough to strip and take a short swim in the strange water floating on a volcano that erupted not so long ago. When you come home you can at least say that you went “skinny-dipping in Hell”.
There are also many interesting stories connected to Askja. Probably the most interesting is the story of Walther von Knebel, a German geologist that disappeared in 1907 with his associate in a mysterious unresolved accident or some other mishap. A year later his fiancé Ina von Grumbkow visit Iceland and Askja trying to get to the bottom of her suspicion that her husband to be, had been killed.
This location in the highland of Iceland is not accessible during the wintertime. The most secure and convenient way to visit Askja and Víti is to purchase an organized tour or rent a car during the summer season, between July and October. The rent car needs to be a four-wheel drive capable of crossing some rather serious rivers.
Below is the location of Askja and Víti on the map of Iceland