Lake Myvatn

Vacation Travel Guide
Myvatn showing a lake or waterhole and a sunset

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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Top Hotels Close to Lake Myvatn

Eldá Guesthouse
Eldá Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Helluhraun 9, Myvatn
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The price is $80 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Situated in Myvatn, this golf guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namafjall and Hverfjall Crater. Hverarondor Hverir ...
4/5 Very Good! (68 reviews)
"Friendly staff, breakfast was great, and fsirly close to the Myvatn Nature Baths!"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Eldá Guesthouse
Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
Hraunbrún, Myvatn, Northeastern Region
Situated on a lake, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Namafjall, and Hverfjall Crater. Hverarondor Hverir and Dimmuborgir are ...
3.7/5 Good! (28 reviews)
"Watch the season. We were there in August and there were a ton of what they call Midges (gnats in US). Don't bite but bad by the lake and this resort. Couldn't sit outside so bad. People wear head nets. You will have them in all areas around lake attractions. None at Myvatn Baths."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
3.5 out of 5
Reynihlid, Myvatn, Northeast Region
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namafjall and Hverarondor Hverir. Hverfjall Crater ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (245 reviews)
"This is hands down the nicest hotel in the area. The entire property is modern, fun and clean. Next time we return to Iceland we will easily book here again. We were on our honeymoon so selecting the perfect hotels during our time was really important. I’m so glad we decided to go with this stay. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Lake Myvatn

Eldá Guesthouse
Eldá Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Helluhraun 9, Myvatn
The price is $80 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Eldá Guesthouse
Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
Hraunbrún, Myvatn, Northeastern Region
Hlíð Bed and Breakfast
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
3.5 out of 5
Reynihlid, Myvatn, Northeast Region
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Vogafjós Guesthouse
Vogafjós Guesthouse
2 out of 5
Vogafjósi, Myvatn
The price is $129 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Vogafjós Guesthouse
Fosshotel Myvatn
Fosshotel Myvatn
3 out of 5
Grímsstaoir, Skutustaoahreppur, Myvatn
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Aska Modern Cabin
Aska Modern Cabin
3 out of 5
Hlíð, Myvatn, Northeast Region
The price is $204 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Aska Modern Cabin
Eldá apartments
Eldá apartments
3 out of 5
Helluhraun 9, Myvatn
The price is $128 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Eldá apartments
Hlíð Huts
Hlíð Huts
2 out of 5
Hlíð, Myvatn
Hlíð Huts
Hlíð Cottages
Hlíð Cottages
3 out of 5
Hraunbrún, Myvatn, Northeast Region
The price is $156 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Hlíð Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.