Lake Mývatn is the 4th largest lake in Iceland, 37 km2 in area. Its shores are indented with many coves and inlets and its surface is dotted with around 50 small islets and skerries.
Mývatn offers a unique natural environment. With large contrasts and short distances, you can experience the most and the best that Iceland has to offer.
Starting from Akureyri
We start our tour in Akureyri. We will drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. This is where we will make our first stop. The Goðafoss waterfall is a place of the significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity.
From Goðafoss and on
We continue east from Goðafoss towards Lake Mývatn. We’ll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir where we see the pseudocraters.
Dimmuborgir lava formations.
Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. It is close to Lake Mývatn. Dimmuborgir has formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures.
After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we’ll travel to Grjótagjá which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave so now it’s to hot to bathe there.
Námaskarð the colorful
We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields which is a quite spectacular area showing earth’s inner power.
After this we’ll be heading back towards Akureyri, If weather and conditions allow we’ll find some good places to stop for pictures