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Askja, Iceland
(4.5/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
Askja is a building on the campus of the University of Iceland, and named after the volcano Askja. It houses primarily the departments of biology and geosciences. It was designed by architect Maggi Jónsson.

The building's long glass side has had an impact on the look of downtown Reykjavík as it faces the city hall on the other side of Tjörnin. It took a very long time to build due to funding problems, and has been the subject of severe criticism for what is seen as practical shortcomings and susceptibility to the Icelandic climate.

Address: Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavík
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  • It's like taking a trip to the moon but in the true sense of the term since it's the closest place to our satellite (50 years apollo crews are trained right on those lands) However I would not dwell only at askja because all Iceland is a magical land: I was lucky enough to turn it practically all (the peninsula southwest of reykjavik all along the South Coast , the Eastern fjords, then off to the North to the Snaefellness Peninsula) and in this country there is a Moor which is more beautiful than another, there is an animal that is more beautiful than another (and I say this having sighted both whales, puffins, Arctic foxes and hawks), there are no waterfalls that are worth more than others most beautiful frozen lakes, fjords or of others. It's as if each of these places has a different story to tell as many old essays.
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  • Best time of our trip, simply majestic! The road to get there is magnificent and adrenaline guaranteed! During our visit, there was snow.
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  • After the Askja only with a four-wheel drive vehicle is available, we have booked a day trip there at "Myvatntours". All wheel bus it was 4 hours just Askja a Karsts volcanic landscape. From the parking lot, it was then about a 2.5 km walk through snow and ice to Askja. The small Crater Lake Viti before and behind the huge Askja Crater Lake - just STUNNING is the target. You simply must have seen it. My attempt to the small Crater Lake down was go on the basis of the very slippery floor to the Schlitterpartie, and I was able to take thus unfortunately no bath in the 28° warm water. For us, the Askja was the absolute highlight on Iceland. We had a wonderful day. A must-have!
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