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Myvatn, Iceland

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#91 of 147 in Nature in Iceland
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.The name of the lake (Icelandic mý ("midge") and vatn ("lake"); the lake of midges) comes from the huge numbers of midges to be found there in the summer.The name Mývatn is sometimes used not only for the lake but the whole surrounding inhabited area. The River Laxá, Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands are protected as a nature reserve (the Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area, which occupies 440,000ha.Since the year 2000, a marathon around the lake takes place in summer.
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  • Lake Myvatn is a tourist region, ultra, but just look at the number of sights that surrounds it to understand. To avoid the hordes of tourists, it's very simple: walk more than 10 minutes on the trails and you'll have the nature for you alone!
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  • One of the most beautiful regions in Iceland. From here, some well-known sights are to (waterfalls and volcanic landscapes, thermal areas). There are nice Cafés and some very beautiful Highland routes which can be reached from here.
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  • It's a nice walk around small craters. No geyser or fumaroles. Cons of thousands of gnats who visit the almost unpleasant.
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