Come along on a relaxing tour of the thrilling landscapes of the Mývatn region. This trip covers all the best sites of northern Iceland in half a day and should not be missed by any visitors staying in the great North.
The tour begins in the brisk morning as you are picked up at your accommodation around Akureyri. Goðafoss waterfall is up first, and one of the most spectacular sights in Iceland. An exceptionally wide waterfall, the waters pouring down over the sharp rocks generate a great deal of mist, meaning rainbows are a common sight.
Next, you’ll visit a bird sanctuary near Mývatn, the largest such place in Europe. For those who enjoy bird watching, there are about 2,000 birds here at any one time. Common species include the goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, wigeon, gadwall, mallard, common scoter, long-tailed duck and Eurasian teal.
The sight of these birds gathered in such numbers reminds us that even in the harsh climate of the North Atlantic, nature will find a way to flourish.
Your next stop is Höfði, where pillars of lava rock remain from millennia ago; the lake flowed around them, leaving these imposing formations standing in the water. Then, you’ll stop and take in the strange formations of Dimmuborgir, the 'the Dark Fortress'.
Formations of lava leftover from a collapsed lava tube that once covered the entire plain have created caves, castles and towers of rock that loom over the pathway. This is some of the most dramatic natural artistry in Iceland.
Lastly, Námaskarð pass is located between Krafla volcanic area and the desert plain of Mývatnsöræfi. It is famous for its bubbling mud springs and hissing steam vents. This area is also brightly coloured by the elements of the earth.
You will end your journey in the Mývatn Nature Baths to soak away the exertions of your day in the warm water, at temperatures of 36-40° C (96-104° F). During your experience at the Nature Baths, you are wrapped in the Icelandic way of life, from the luxurious steamy waters around you to the beautiful countryside of patchwork fields in summer, creeping frosts in winter, and the incredible Northern Lights at winter nights.
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Sulfur is a naturally occurring mineral in the hot springs of Iceland, but it is particularly strong at the Mývatn Nature Baths. It is therefore good to take off any silver or brass jewelry before entering the pool, as they may tarnish.