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Myvatn, Iceland

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#84 of 145 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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  • It is me Lake one of the largest in northern Iceland. Do not know which freezes in the winter, from anywhere from a lake where a ground state is sunny and spread out very beautiful scenery.
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  • There are several attractions in the region, since the Lake Myvatn, thermal water station, the stone that sulfurous steam vents, bubbling water lake. It's worth it!
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  • Iceland reveals a new wonder around every bend - and Myvatn is no exception. There are lava fields, a gorgeous lake, bubbling pools, steam venting from the earth, hot pots and a spectacular waterfall....  more »
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