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Lake Myvatn

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Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Geologic Formations
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna. This shallow body of water is well known among birdwatchers for the vast number of birds that visit here, particularly ducks. However, it is perhaps the flocks of midges that leave a more lasting impression on visitors. The dense population of these tiny flies actually gives the lake its name: Myvarn translates into "the lake of midges." Nevertheless, with a healthy dose of bug spray, visitors can still enjoy the wild, weird, and wonderful landscape for which Iceland is famous. Make your own Lake Myvatn vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Iceland trip itinerary builder site.
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Places to visit in Lake Myvatn

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Mountain
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Hot Spring
Mývatn Nature Baths
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Dettifoss Waterfall
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Krafla Lava Fields
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Lake Myvatn

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Cave
Grjotagja Cave Reykjahlid
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Waterfall
Hverfjall
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
Lofthellir Lava Cave
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Lake Myvatn

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Specialty Museum
Sigurgeirs Bird Museum Reykjahlid
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Walking Area
Viti Crater
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Outdoor Activity
Aldeyjarfoss
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Askja Reykjahlid
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Outdoors in Lake Myvatn

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Outdoor Activity
Vindbelgjarfjall
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Outdoor Activity
Hofdi
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking / Camping Tour
Geo Travel
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
Landmark
Grenjadarstadir
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Geologic Formation
Hverir
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Lake Myvatn
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Where to stay in Lake Myvatn

Myvatn boasts a number of charming hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses in a scenic shoreline setting. Amenities vary considerably, ranging from lodging with shared bathrooms to those boasting on-site spas, so do your research before booking. You'll find private holiday apartments, houses, cottages, and even farms in the region, which can be a more economical option for large groups and those planning a longer stay. For easy access to cafes, stores, and restaurants, stay near the towns of Reykjahlío, Skutustaoir, or the ring road.
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