No humans for miles and miles, and when you see them they are very nice and hospitable
Many geothermal formations in a very compact area
Between these unique formations are several hiking trails marked, each of which is indicated, posts by a separate color the walking times and the route At the beginning of this labyrinth very clearly marked and range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours of walking, so you can choose your time and its pretty easy walk as you follow the route and the...more
Near lake Myvatn have a lava cave called Grjotagja and was a popular bathing place in the past however, geological activity in the period water flows through the cave, by volcanic activity, the water temperature had risen above 50 degrees, which makes bathing impossible and dangerousYou will see the entrance several warnings for falling rocks and...more
Something of a "Blue Lagoon lite", the Myvatn Nature Baths offers mineral-rich geothermal waters drawn from depths of up to 2500 meters facilities include a reception area and cafeteria, changing rooms and showers, three natural steam baths accommodating up to 50 bathers at a time, and a 5000m2 geothermal bathing pool maintained at a constant...more
Krafla is a caldera of 10 km in diameter with a 90 km long fissure zone. The highest peak of Krafla is 818 m. It contains one of two Víti craters in Iceland (the other one is in Askja, where you can actually have a bath in the water). This one is called Stóra-Víti and was formed in 1724. "Víti" is the Icelandic word for Hell as people often...more
Dimmuborgir "The Dark Fortress" at Mývatn are a true wonder of nature and nowhere else to be seen in the world i.e on dry land. They are huge lava rock formations which make you feel like you stepped into another world - a world of fairy-tales. Dimmuborgir are 1 km in diameter with several walking paths - keep to the paths and follow the colour of...more
Krafla is a caldera of 10 km in diameter with a 90 km long fissure zone. The highest peak of Krafla is 818 m. Krafla erupted 9 times from 1975-1984. The last eruption lasted for 2 weeks with a lava flow of 24 sq.km and lava fountains up to 70 meters high lit up the sky the first days of the eruption. Here is also Krafla geothormal power station. It...more
Now this is a strange looking mountain. It looks like something you might encounter on the moon, as it were. It looks like a pile of black sand with a hole in the middle.Mt. Hverfjall means literally Hot spring mountain and is a tuff ring volcano, or a tephra crater. It erupted ca 2.500 years ago.It is possible to hike to and on the mountain. It is...more
There is an interesting formation of lava pillars by Lake Mývatn almost next to Höfði (see my tip). Lake Mývatn is Iceland's 4th largest lake and was created in a basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and the surrounding landscape in the Mývatn area is extraordinary. There are so many wonderful lava formations in this area, including the lava...more
Lake Mývatn is Iceland's 4th largest lake and was created in a basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and the surrounding landscape in the Mývatn area is extraordinary. There are so many wonderful lava formations in this area, including the lava pillars by and in Lake Mývatn.The lake is 36,5 km2, the depth is 3-3,3 meters and there are ca 40 islands...more
There is an information center at Mývatn called Mývatnsstofa. Here you can get detailed information the what there is to see and do in this area - countless of things as this is one of the most interesting areas in Iceland.And here one can buy tickets for the busses and sightseeing. And there are scheduled bus tours to Krafla and Dettifoss...more
I accidentally put this tip under things to do - but this is a warnings and dangers tip.There are many mud-pools and fumaroles in Iceland. Take care while visiting them as the sulphur fumes can overwhelm you at times there, especially when the wind is strong. Try to stay up wind as this can be toxic and can give you a bad headache and nausea. One...more
The north of this park is closer to Husavik but the south, where Dettioss can be found is definitely closer to Myvatn.During winter the roads are not great and the F-roads (which you may or may not be allowed to travel on in a hire car - check your rental agreement) are closed anyway. There is a new road that has been or is being made - it is...more
Well this is a sureal place, for sure! The steaming vents, pipes and strange little structures make Kroflusod appear like something from a mad professors laboratory! It reminded me of one of the levels in Sonic The Hedgehog!!!Winter is not the ideal time to come here. The snow was thick and, after the visitors centre (which was closed until June),...more
Mud! mud! glorious mud!Arriving here is a little like arriving on the moon - the sulphuric steam that wafts out of the orange and brown earth, the craters full of blue gloopy, boiling and belching mud...Light soil areas indicate trecherous areas but you don;t have to worry too much as there are roped off pathways...I tallied around here for as long...more
The weather may be cold and austere outside and the exterior of the building itself, modern and glass, may not give the impression of any warmth but if there is one thing you do in Iceland it should be this. It is wonderful!It is described as The Blue Lagoon of the north only, certainly in April, we had the palce all to ourselves.The waters are...more
A road encircles the lake. It is in good condition and being only 36km so easily driven.It is quite a spectacular drive with the scenery changing every few minutes!Pseudocaters, lava, marsh-land, mountains and farms... it is a rural and beautiful part of Iceland and there are lots simply incredible sights dotted around that are easily explored in a...more
Leirhnjúkur area is really like stepping into another world, there are big contrasts and a lot of colours. There are several walking-paths in the Leirhnjúkur area and you feel like you might be walking on the moon or in another world. Stay on the paths as it is bubbling and boiling all around you and the area beneath is extremely hot and dangerous....more
Höfði is a beautiful peninsula in the Mývatn area, by ring-road 1. You can enter a gate at the parking lot and walk to the top of Höfði and have a breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Mývatn and the surrounding areas. It is extremely beautiful up there, I do recommend stopping there. The Höfði peninsula used to be barren until the proprietor of the...more
Beautiful hotel situate in the middle of the Reykjahlid, this hotel has got only 9 rooms with...more
We stayed in Reynihilo after doing a lot of research on the net as nothing else was available. In...more
We've spent 2 nights here as part of our around-Iceland trip. As there is so much to see and do in...more
This is a very comfortable setting with good food.The restaurant is actually in a cow shed!!! There is a wall of glass between the restaurant and the cowshed - it is fun and really does not smell like you may think it could!!!It is not the cheapest place to eat and if you are vegetarian your menu is going to be VERY limited... but then again, if...more
We were recommended the place by the tourist information and we went staright there. This is a farm with a cowshed to which they have added a restaurant. Fancy place....expensive but, good food...and different food. Service was great....and it was packed out. So try it. Everything in Myvatn is just 3-4 mins from each other...and this is one of...more
106 Reviews and Opinions
The best way to explore Myvatn is by own car so you can stop where you want and stay all the time you need.
There are also some day tours that allow to see the main attractions of Myvatn and Krafla.
The Icelandic Yule lads in Myvatn!
We stopped somewhere near Lake Myvatn to see the pseudocraters and at the side of the store, I did see a picture of Santa Claus-like men holding a lamp and pictured on the side of the shop wall. My guide was beside it, and I swear – if my guide grew his beard and hair, he would look like one of them. I actually told him about this in good humour, and he just smiled and said that his ancestry is Irish since the Vikings probably got some slaves with them from Ireland (?)...
But the Santa-Claus like men I saw pictured on the wall are actually the Yule Lads – 13 sons of Gryla and Leppaludi, vicious trolls that live in the Myvatn area.
Thirteen days prior to Christmas, the Yule Lads start coming down from the mountain, one lad each night. The kids have to put their best shoe on the windowsill before naptime and a little gift each night from the Yule lad. If the child was misbehaving, the child gets a raw potato instead.
And then, you can actually visit these Yule lads in Dimmuborgir everyday between Dec 13-15, and on the first Saturday of December you can join them at the Myvatn Nature Bath (opened in 2004, check it out at www.jardbodin.is)
Mývatn gets its name from the "mý" or the midge/blackfly. It is literally everywhere and gets totally on one's nerve. The best thing is to keep one of your hands above your head, as they always go for the highest point, but there is a limit to for how long one can do that. I camped for one night at Mývatn, but I will stay inside for my next trip....more
Leirhnjùkur and Krafla tinker is a must for people that visit Iceland and Myvatn.This is one of the most dangerous area of Iceland, but it is always full of tourists. If you wan't nave trouble follow the path and don't walk over the lava. By the way there is no problem, you can visit this wonderful place with tranquillity without danger. You must...more
The main factory in Myvatn is the geothermal factory to work of diatomite. Diatomite are small fossils (0.00005 % of the dimension of a grain of sand) and the depth of Myvath grow 1 mm every year. A ship take it from the depth and then it go to the factory when it is treatment with fire and smoke. Diatomite is use to male toothpaste, paints,...more
This is not my favourite thing about Iceland, but I put it as a general tip :D
The Moss balls - Cladophora Segagropila or Aegagropila linnaei, which we call in Icelandic "kúluskítur", can only be found in Mývatn, North-Iceland and in Lake Akan in Hokkaido in Japan. I have heard that it has been found in Estonia as well but Mývatn and Lake Akan are the only places where the Moss ball is common. It is so amazing that it can only be found in these countries.
The Moss ball is an algae which grows into big velvety balls and lives at ca 2 meters' dept here in Lake Mývatn and they just roll around there at the bottom of the lake at 3 meters' depth when it is windy. It has been there since the lake got "formed" 2300 years ago, remnants of it has been found since that time.
The Moss ball is now preserved, both in Iceland and Japan. In Japan they even have a festival in the honour of The Moss ball.
When David Attenborough visited Iceland he was given Moss balls as a gift and he still keeps it at home. It can be kept in tap water and the water has to be changed ca every 1-2 weeks. Photosynthesis occurs even when the Moss balls are kept at home. See my picture for how to keep them in your home. I took this picture at our annual "Festival of the Sea".
All in all it looks cute, although the farmers at Mývatn didn't consider it to be at all cute when it got stuck in their nets, therefore the name "kúlúskítur" which means ball-sh...