Summer Excursion to Lake Myvatn and the Lava Fields

Summer Excursion to Lake Myvatn and the Lava Fields
Lava rock formations in the middle of the Lake Mývatn, creating an otherworldly image of nature.
Travellers enjoying a day in the Dimmuborgir lava field.
A strange rock formation, high above the hiking paths, in Dimmuborgir fields.
Hverfell mountain dominates the horizon in the Mývatnssveit county.
Grjótagjá cleft is were locals went to bathe before it got too hot after a big earthquake.
The deep, black crater of Hverfell mountain.

Get to know amazing, diverse nature the north has to offer. This tour is essential for those who would like to experience the magic of the North.  Take a trip to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area which is known for untouched nature, abundant birdlife, Arctic vegetation, volcanic activity, geothermal activity, tectonic shifts and famous filming locations from Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Fate of the Furious.

The tour starts in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. It is Iceland´s second largest city with about 20.000 inhabitants. From Akureyri, the road stretches along the east side of the Eyjafjörður fjord towards the Lake Mývatn district. On the way, just off the main road is our first stop at the scenic waterfall, Goðafoss. The waterfall is a famous landmark not only known for its breathtaking beauty, but also for its connection to the adoption of Christianity in Iceland in the year 1000. The waterfall is divided into two platforms, 12 and 14 meters high (39 and 46 ft).

From Goðafoss the journey continues to Lake Mývatn, and next stop is by the Skútustaðir pseudocraters. The craters are not real volcanic craters, they were formed more than 2000 years ago when lava entered a lake. The area is also well known for exciting birdlife.

The next destination is Dimmuborgir lava fields which is a maze of unique formations. The locals say that here is the home of the Yule Lads, figures from Icelandic folklore that represent the modern day Santa Clause.

Then we head towards Grjótagjá, an underground cave that used to be popular for bathing among the locals. The cave is located on the rift boundary between the North American and the Eurasian continental plates. The Grjótagjá cave is among few filming locations from Game of Thrones in the area.

From Grjótagjá we drive into the highland to visit volcano Krafla and the scenic crater Víti (Hell), formed in an eruption about 300 years ago. Then we explore a colourful high-temperature area characterised by a strong smell of Sulphur and boiling mud pools.

Our final destination is The Myvatn Nature Baths, a luxurious outdoor geothermal lagoon in the middle of a lava field fed by a 2500 meters deep borehole. Visitors get the chance to bathe in silky smooth milky white geothermal water that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms. After this unusual bathing experience to tour returns to Akureyri around 17:30.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Akureyri, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Skútustaðagígar, Grjótagjá, Krafla, Víti in Krafla, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Mývatn Nature Baths
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:55.

Akureyri Domestic Airport upon arrival of flight NY112 og NY 114

  • Transportation

  • Experienced local English speaking tour guide

  • Entry to Mývatn Nature Baths

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Bathing suit and a towel (can be rented)

Good to know:

The itinerary may be altered due to weather/road conditions. This may result in cancellation of the tour or delayed schedule.

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