Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, not far from Krafla volcano. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents (pseudocraters). The effluent river Laxá is known for its rich fishing for brown trout and Atlantic salmon.
On this lake Mývatn sightseeing tour, we visit the many great places the area has to offer.
Full day tour.
Pickup at your hotel or guesthouse.
You head off at your own pace and take your time taking in the power and beauty of the Lake and its surroundings.
You start at the Skútustaðir Pseudocraters and admire the beautiful landscape surrounding Lake Myvatn. Pseudo Craters are formed when lava flows over water or wetlands locking in the water beneath. When the water boils hot enough it will explode its way through the lava sheet and form these craters.
Dimmuborgir Lava Park where you see very unusual lava formations and pillars, caves, and fissures. Some believe that these rock formations are Trolls that turned to stone.
You go to lunch at a local restaurant or café.
You will visit famous locations where parts of the series “Game of Thrones” was filmed like Grjótagjá cave and Höfði cape.
Hverfjall (Crater Mountain) is a 2500-year-old explosion crater that sits in the middle of the volcanic landscape, surrounding Lake Myvatn.
Your guide will drive on top the explosion crater next to Hverfjall called Ludent where the view over the Lake Myvatn area is stunning. Lúdentaborgir and Þrengslaborgir, the ground zero for most of the lava fields that stretch from there and all the way to the ocean of Skjálfandi Bay, you will hike into one of the craters in this wast row and have a look inside.
You will visit the geothermal area of Hverir and from there you go to Krafla, the geothermal power station and the volcanoes surrounding it. Víti crater being the most famous of them but your guide will also tell you about the geological history of the area and the eruptions that have happened there through the centuries, the latest one from 1975-1984.
You take a relaxing dip in the famous Mývatn Nature baths for a while before you go and have dinner at the Cowshed restaurant, a local restaurant which specializes in courses from farm to table.
On the way back, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern lights in the winter or admire the Midnight sun in the summer.
The Mývatn area offers a unique natural environment of geology and biota.
You can imagine the play between fire and Ice and natural elements when you see the landscape in this magnificent area. We truly can say that at Lake Mývatn you can experience the most and the best of what Iceland has to offer.
Volcanic eruptions have played a crucial role in the formation of the landscape. Whether the plan is to enjoy the landscape, examine unique natural phenomena or take a closer look at the plant and bird life, Lake Mývatn has it all.
A large number of travelers visit Mývatn in the summer, but many believe the lake and its Skutustadagigar surroundings to be no less impressive and mystical in the wintertime with the added attraction of the northern lights.
In winter at Lake Mývatn, you have the chance of seeing the northern lights in the dark night sky. Keeping silent, watching the lights dancing through the sky is a magnificent experience.
Duration: Up to 12 hours
What is included: Pickup and dropoff, super jeep, expert local guide/driver and bottled water. Admission to the Nature baths (optional).
What is not included: Lunch pack. Bathing suit and towel can be rented at the Nature Baths. Lunch at any local restaurant. Two-course dinner at the Cowshed restaurant.
What to bring: Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking, clothing, and outerwear suitable for rainy or chilly weather. Sunglasses. Don´t forget your camera!
Extras: Lunch pack. We offer really good and healthy lunch packs for our tours! We offer Light Lunch Pack, Full Lunch Pack, and Luxury Lunch Pack.
Good to know: We will stop at a local restaurant or a café for refreshments if a lunch pack is not taken as extra. Your safety is our first priority so itinerary might be altered due to bad weather or road conditions, the duration of the tour might extend or we might have to cancel the tour if weather or other conditions are not in our favor.
Price: Please contact us for a quote.
We love to do something out of the ordinary so if you have any requests for itinerary changes please contact us.
Myvatn Deluxe Tours are available all year.
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