Lake Myvatn & Krafla Volcanic System

Lake Myvatn & Krafla Volcanic System, photo by Lala Lugo
Lake Myvatn & Krafla Volcanic System (photo by Lala Lugo)
 

Mývatn is a geothermally active lake area located in northeastern Iceland.

The lake was formed during a massive eruption 2300 years ago, and the region today has many volcanic features.

The lake and its surrounding wetlands are exceptionally rich in waterbirds (including 13 duck species), with most nesting birds arriving in late April or early May.

There is a Ring Road that circles the lake and provides access it is geothermal and birding wonders.

There are only two small towns on the shores of Mývatn: (a) Reykjahlíð (about 300) on the northeastern shore of the lake and Skútustaðir, even smaller, and located on the southern shore of the lake.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
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Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Vogafjós Guesthouse

The family-run Vogafjos Guesthouse is set in a unique natural environment on the eastern shore of Lake Myvatn. It offers rooms with a patio and free Wi-Fi. All rooms at Guesthouse Vogafjos have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$139 - $276

 
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Hótel Gígur by Keahotels

This hotel is on the southern shore of Lake Mývatn. It offers free public area WiFi and lake views. A bar and restaurant are found on site. Hotel Gígur's simple rooms have a private bathroom with shower. Average score from 138 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$165

 
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Hotel Reynihlid

Hotel Reynihlid is located in the heart of the beautiful Lake Myvatn region. All rooms have satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby. Average score from 415 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$139 - $208

 
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Sel - Hótel Mývatn

Situated by Lake Myvatn, this hotel offers WiFi and free sauna and hot tub access. All rooms feature a TV and private bathroom. Skútustaðagígar natural site is 2 minutes’ walk away. Average score from 678 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$176 - $123

 
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Hlíd Cottages

Overlooking Lake Mývatn, this camping site offers cottages with wooden floors, a private bathroom and a terrace. Krossdalur Golf Course is 500 metres away, and Reykjahlíd village is 1 km from the cottages. Average score from 80 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$215

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Skútustadir Guesthouse

Skútustadir Guesthouse

Offering a shared kitchen/lounge and mountain views, Skútustadir Guesthouse is set on a farm by the southern shore of Lake Mývatn. WiFi and parking are free. At Guesthouse Skútustadir, guests can choose between rooms with private or shared... Average score from 395 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$91

 
$918.8
Vogafjós Guesthouse

Vogafjós Guesthouse

The family-run Vogafjos Guesthouse is set in a unique natural environment on the eastern shore of Lake Myvatn. It offers rooms with a patio and free Wi-Fi. All rooms at Guesthouse Vogafjos have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$139 - $276

 
$1398.7
Sel - Hótel Mývatn

Sel - Hótel Mývatn

Situated by Lake Myvatn, this hotel offers WiFi and free sauna and hot tub access. All rooms feature a TV and private bathroom. Skútustaðagígar natural site is 2 minutes’ walk away. Average score from 678 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$176 - $123

 
$1768.6
Hótel Laxá

Hótel Laxá

This hotel is quietly situated 2 km from Lake Mývatn and 30 minutes’ drive from the Godafoss Waterfall and Krafla Crater. It offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with modern furnishings. Average score from 670 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$108

 
$1088.4
Dimmuborgir Guesthouse

Dimmuborgir Guesthouse

Situated by Lake Mývatn, this guest house offers rooms and cottages with free WiFi, private terraces and mountain views. The geothermally heated Mývatn Nature Baths are a 10-minute drive away. Average score from 918 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$116

 
$1168.3
Vogar Travel Service

Vogar Travel Service

Situated by Lake Mývatn, this guest house offers basic rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. The Mývatn Nature Baths is a 10-minute drive away. Free parking is available on site and the Ring Road is only a 3-minute drive away. Average score from 593 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$119

 
$1198.3
Hotel Reynihlid

Hotel Reynihlid

Hotel Reynihlid is located in the heart of the beautiful Lake Myvatn region. All rooms have satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby. Average score from 415 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$139 - $208

 
$1398.2
Hlíd Cottages

Hlíd Cottages

Overlooking Lake Mývatn, this camping site offers cottages with wooden floors, a private bathroom and a terrace. Krossdalur Golf Course is 500 metres away, and Reykjahlíd village is 1 km from the cottages. Average score from 80 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$215

 
$2157.9
Eldá Guesthouse

Eldá Guesthouse

Eldá Guesthouse is located in Reykjahlíð, just a few minutes on foot from Lake Myvatn. There is a golf course 750 metres from the property. Each room includes a work desk, a wash basin and free WiFi. Bathrooms are shared. Average score from 726 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$69

 
$697.8
Eldá apartments

Eldá apartments

Set 31 km from Dettifoss in Reykjahlíð, this apartment features a terrace and a garden with a sun terrace. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a seating area and a kitchen equipped with an oven. Average score from 86 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$139

 
$1397.5
Hótel Gígur by Keahotels

Hótel Gígur by Keahotels

This hotel is on the southern shore of Lake Mývatn. It offers free public area WiFi and lake views. A bar and restaurant are found on site. Hotel Gígur's simple rooms have a private bathroom with shower. Average score from 138 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$165

 
$1657.2
Hlíd Hostel

Hlíd Hostel

Offering rooms and cottages, Hlíd Hostel is 500 metres from Lake Mývatn, in Reykjahlíd. WiFi and parking are free. Facilities include a BBQ area, terrace and shared kitchen. Average score from 366 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$37

 
$377.0

Highlights:

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Combination
Hotsprings
The geothermal activity around the region has resulted the Mývatn Nature Baths. These were opened in June 2004 and offer 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 temperature of 38-40ºC.
Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Geothermal Activity

Much of the area’s unique geothermal activity can be seen by following the Ring Road. Starting from Reykjahlíð and going clockwise, major geothermal features include:

Hverfjall (Hverfell) Crater. This 2500 year old, nearly symmetrical tephra crater rises 463 meters high and is 1040 meters across. It is accessible via a trail that runs from Reykjahlíð to Dimmuborgir.

Dimmuborgir. This is an area of volcanic arches, pillars, caves and bridges along the east shore. The black lava formations are the result of a 2000 year old lava flow, and numerous trails lead through the area. Lofthellir Lava Cave. About 45 min drive from Lake Myvatn, this cave is about 370m long and boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in an Icelandic lava cave.

Skútustaðagígar. The shores along the south side of the lake are home to many pseudocraters, formed during volcanic eruptions when lava flowed over wetlands, eventually resulting in steam eruptions and forming these medium-sized craters.

Krafla. The site of a major volcanic eruption known as the Krafla Fires of 1975-1984. The various overlying lavafields give an interesting striped appearance to the area on a larger scale. Some areas of lavafields that are still steaming, and there are solfataras and various lava formations. Nearby (about 500m) is a large explosion crater called Víti (which is the same name as the similar explosion crater at Askja).
Wildlife and Plants

World-Famous Waterbird Area

Due to the number of wetlands surrounding the lake there are an exceptional number of waterbirds, and the area is recognized as one of the premier bird-watching sites in the world. Over 115 species of birds have been sighted at the lake, including thirteen species of ducks that nest in the lake area.

The most abundant species is the tufted duck, followed by the greater scaup and wigeon. Other commonly sighted species include the Barrow's goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, gadwall, mallard, common scoter, long-tailed duck and teal.

Most nesting birds arrive in late April or early May. One of the reasons why so many birds congregate in the lake area is due to the massive number of aquatic insects - visitors are advised to bring mosquito netting with them to avoid the often-bloodthirsty hordes of black flies that can be found here.
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