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Dimmuborgir

Make your way around this strange world of bubbles and hollow castles formed millennia ago by lava beside a lake.

The lava fields of Dimmuborgir are known for their otherworldly shapes and formations. Since its volcanic caves resemble collapsed human ruins, the site was given the Icelandic name for “Dark Forts.” It is a unique structure in the world, as the only known site with this type of landmass.

Capture photos of twisted rock formations that rise from the ground like tall, mangled columns and chimneys. Hike through the intriguing terrain and imagine yourself on a distant planet.

A volcanic lava lake formed the bizarrely shaped terrain 2,300 years ago. A Norwegian black metal band is named after the site, which also plays a role in Nordic Christian folklore. Listen to legends suggesting a murderous troll inhabits the field.

The area has a number of hiking paths. Stroll along the relatively easy route to the rock formation known as “The Church,” and walk through its hollow interior. Try the more challenging White Path for excellent views of the lava rocks. Several tour operators visit the lava field in the afternoon. If you want to miss the crowds, go in the evening.

Watch your kids clamber over the rocks. Compare the various shapes to animals and buildings. Enjoy the excellent views of the surrounding region, including the large crater of the Hverfjall Volcano in the distance. It is a 1-hour hike east from the lava field. Climb to the peak to look into its crater and capture photos of Mývatn Lake.

Visit the guesthouse complex of cottages and rooms between the lake and the lava field. Savor a meal of fresh trout while viewing the fascinating surrounding terrain. Dine at the Dimmuborgir Café for bread baked in the geothermal vents.

Dimmuborgir is on the eastern shore of the vast lake of Mývatn. See nearby natural landmarks such as the Hverfjall Volcano and the hot springs of Hverarönd. Part of the road from the north of the lake is gravel, but it is suitable for a two-wheel drive. The café has a parking lot.


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Lodging Near Dimmuborgir

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$149
Vogafjós Guesthouse

Vogafjós Guesthouse

Vogafjósi, Myvatn
4.5
of 5, from 43 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Myvatn, Hverfjall Crater, and Dimmuborgir. Myvatn Nature Baths and Namafjall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$172
Hotel Reynihlid

Hotel Reynihlid

Road number 1, Myvatn
4.1
of 5, from 65 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Myvatn and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths. Hverfjall Crater and Namafjall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$182
Hótel Laxá

Hótel Laxá

Vid Olnbogaas, Myvatn
4.3
of 5, from 65 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, and Lake Myvatn. Myvatn Nature Baths and Laugum Pool are also within 16 mi (25 km).

$151
Hotel Gígur by Keahotels

Hotel Gígur by Keahotels

Skútustöðum, Myvatn
3.1
of 5, from 23 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Skutustadir, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, and Lake Myvatn. Myvatn Nature Baths is 11.8 mi (19.1 km) away.

$150
Fosshotel Myvatn

Fosshotel Myvatn

Grímsstaoir, Skutustaoahreppur, Myvatn
4.5
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lake Myvatn and within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths and Hverfjall Crater. Namafjall and Dimmuborgir are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$184
Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Skutustadir, Myvatn
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Skutustadir, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, and Lake Myvatn. Myvatn Nature Baths is 11.7 mi (18.9 km) away.

Hotel Laugar

Hotel Laugar

Austurhildarvegur, Laugar
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Laugar, this hotel is steps from Laugum Pool and Laugavollur. Godafoss is 8 mi (12.9 km) away.