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Lake Myvatn

Explore the caves, craters, lava fields and curiously shaped rock formations at this volcanic wonderland in the north of Iceland.

Discover a lunar-like landscape of craters, geothermal caves, bubbling mud pools, sulphur springs and twisted rock formations when you explore the area around Lake Myvatn. This large body of fresh water was formed more than 2,000 years ago by a massive eruption, and the surroundings are still volcanically active.

Take the Hofai Lakeside Walk, stopping at viewing points to see lava formations submerged within the lake. Stroll through Leirhnjúkur, a smoke-billowing active lava field. Walk around the edge of the charred black Hverfjall Crater, which is located on the east side of the lake. 

See the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir. They are so called, because they formed when lava flowed over wet ground, unlike a true crater which is created when lava explodes from a vent. Head over to the Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, a field of eerie-looking black lava stacks and caves. The café here sells fresh bread made in geothermal ovens.

The lake and its surrounding wetlands shelter a rich diversity of birdlife. Go bird spotting for numerous duck species, whooper swans and red-throated divers. A good place to spy on the lake’s birdlife is Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum. It provides birdwatchers with telescopes and access to bird hides located close to the wildlife. A remote camera displays live images of birds from one of the lake's islands.

After your day’s exertions, soothe tired limbs in a lagoon of geothermal water at Myvatn Nature Baths. Then unwind in the steam baths, which sit on top of a geothermal area, allowing steam to enter through holes in the floor. Nearby are the Grjótagjá and Stóragjá geothermal caves, which have been featured in the international TV hit Game of Thrones. There is also bathing here in the caves’ warm waters.

Although you can drive around the lake area's 14 square miles (37 square kilometers), reach some of the points of interest by bike. These can be rented from the lakeshore village of Reykjahlíð. Then consider stopping by other nearby natural wonders such as Goðafoss Waterfall and Dettifoss Waterfall, said to be Europe's most powerful cascade.


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Icelandair Hotel Myvatn $77
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

Reynihlid, Myvatn
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 72 reviews
    0.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Myvatn, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hverfjall Crater and Namafjall. Dimmuborgir and Leirhnjukur are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Fosshotel Myvatn $126
    Fosshotel Myvatn

    Fosshotel Myvatn

    Grímsstaoir, Skutustaoahreppur, Myvatn
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 239 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Hverfjall Crater, and Namafjall. Dimmuborgir and Leirhnjukur are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Eldá Guesthouse $64
      Eldá Guesthouse

      Eldá Guesthouse

      Helluhraun 9, Myvatn
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 13 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Myvatn, this guesthouse is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hverfjall Crater and Namafjall. Dimmuborgir and Leirhnjukur are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Vogafjós Guesthouse $90
        Vogafjós Guesthouse

        Vogafjós Guesthouse

        Vogafjósi, Myvatn
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 270 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Hverfjall Crater and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Dimmuborgir. Myvatn Nature Baths and Namafjall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Hlíd Hostel
          Hlíd Hostel

          Hlíd Hostel

          Hraunbrún, Myvatn
             
            3.0
            of 5, from 7 reviews
            1.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Myvatn, this hostel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Hverfjall Crater, and Namafjall. Dimmuborgir and Leirhnjukur are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Guesthouse Reykjahlid
            Guesthouse Reykjahlid

            Guesthouse Reykjahlid

            Reykjahlid, Myvatn
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Myvatn, this guesthouse is close to Myvatn Nature Baths, Namafjall, and Hverfjall Crater. Area attractions also include Dimmuborgir.

              Eldá apartments $109
              Eldá apartments

              Eldá apartments

              Helluhraun 9, Myvatn
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 2 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Myvatn, this apartment building is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hverfjall Crater and Namafjall. Dimmuborgir and Leirhnjukur are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
                Hlíð Bed and Breakfast

                Hlíð Bed and Breakfast

                Hraunbrún, Myvatn
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 10 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Myvatn, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Hverfjall Crater, and Namafjall. Dimmuborgir and Leirhnjukur are also within 12 mi (20 km).