Myvatn

Travel Guide
Myvatn Nature Baths featuring a hot spring and a luxury hotel or resort as well as a small group of people

Hike through lava fields and ascend to the rim of a volcanic crater, before relaxing in the geothermal lagoons of this extraordinary landscape.

Mývatn is a region of dystopian terrain surrounding a vast lake of the same name. Wetlands in the immediate vicinity are home to rich wildlife and flora, but the volcanic activity responsible for the lake has created an otherworldly realm farther afield. Enter a realm of steam jets, bubbling mud pits and barren sulfur grounds.

The lake, a river and its surrounding area are part of the Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area. Spot water birds, such as the tufted duck and the greater scaup, around Lake Mývatn. It was formed by a huge volcanic eruption 2,300 years ago. Walk along its pebbled shore and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere while viewing the water.

Many of the major attractions are near the eastern shore of the lake, including the lava field of Dimmuborgir. Trek through paths of varying difficulty to see bizarre rock formations. The highlight is “the Church,” with a grand arch to walk through.

Krafla Volcano is to the north of the lava fields. Climb to the rim of its Viti Crater and peer down at the blue-green lake. In addition to creating power, the geothermal activity in the area is put to good use with the hot pools of Mývatn Nature Baths. Relax in baths atop steam jets, before swimming in the sulfur pool until around midnight.

Imagine the end of the world at Námafjall, an eerie region of barren land with hot springs, vapor jets and fizzy mud pits. Listen to the hiss of the steam and smell the intense aroma of sulfur. The experience is like being on an alien planet.

Spectacular waterfalls decorate the region. Hike to the Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall that flows over the rocky landscape. Visit the popular Dettifoss Waterfall to get close to the powerful wall of water.

The lake is on the western side of a fault line that runs through northeastern Iceland. Drive northwest for about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Reykjavik, a journey that takes 6 hours by car.

The terrain and geothermal pools of Mývatn create a spectacular world from which you may never want to return.

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
Hótel Laxá
Hótel Laxá
3 out of 5
Vid Olnbogaas, Myvatn
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Pseudo Craters and within 16 mi (25 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths and Laugum Pool. Laugavollur ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (543 reviews)
"The place was nice and the staff were helpful. Breakfast was just okay and it was buffet style (felt weird and unsafe especially during COVID)"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Hótel Laxá
Fosshotel Myvatn
Fosshotel Myvatn
3 out of 5
Grímsstaoir, Skutustaoahreppur, Myvatn
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Namafjall, and Hverarondor Hverir. Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (482 reviews)
"Beautiful setting, nice convenient location, restaurant looks great, served hot food for breakfast. Dinner steak was not cooked well, very chewy, though the restaurant replaced my dinner."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Fosshotel 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.
Hlíð Cottages
Hlíð Cottages
3 out of 5
Hraunbrún, Myvatn, Northeast Region
The price is $174 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Situated on a lake, this cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Myvatn Nature Baths, Namafjall, and Hverfjall Crater. Hverarondor Hverir and Dimmuborgir are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Our cottage was very spacious and clean. We were able to cook a nice meal using the oven and enjoyed the beautiful view of the mountains. The beds were comfortable and the shower was hot (smelled a little like sulphur). Would definitely recommend to anyone traveling the ring road."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Hlíð Cottages
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
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namafjall and Hverarondor Hverir. Hverfjall Crater ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Good property but not as remote as led to believe
"We really enjoyed our stay overall, but we were very disappointed to find that there is a next door cabin and that you are in the middle of a campsite. We had people running around all sides of the cabin and very little privacy if any blinds were open. Overall, the amenities shown in the pictures ..."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Aska Modern Cabin
Hlíð Huts
Hlíð Huts
2 out of 5
Hlíð, Myvatn
Situated on a lake, this cabin is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Myvatn Nature Baths and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namafjall and Hverarondor Hverir. Hverfjall Crater and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Nice place
"The place was clean. Kitchen in the hostel had the necessary tools. I like the showers near the reception. My only issue is washroom was not in the hut so I had to bundle up just to go to the washroom."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Hlíð Huts
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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