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Lake Myvatn

Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Hot Springs
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. To personalize your trip to Lake Myvatn, create itinerary details specific to you using our Iceland trip planner.
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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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