Fascinating 3-Hour Snowshoeing Tour Combining Nature, Adventure, and Folklore from Myvatn

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Mývatn, Iceland
3 hours
All year
Minimum age
12 years old


Embark on a captivating 3-hour snowshoeing journey, taking you deep into the mesmerizing wintertime landscapes of Myvatn. Travelers keen on unraveling the natural appeal and mythological tales of the Myvatn region should secure their spot on this invigorating winter hike today.

Nestled in the heart of North Iceland, the Myvatn area is a symphony of geothermal marvels. The region showcases bubbling mud pots, steam vents, and the tranquil expanse of Lake Myvatn. 

In winter, this breathtaking setting undergoes a splendid transformation. Its waters crystallize, trees glisten with frost, and thick snow blankets the landscapes. A snowshoeing excursion is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the harmonious dance of Myvatn's geothermal wonders and icy terrains, an unforgettable adventure.

You'll greet your friendly guide in Myvatn before enjoying a scenic drive to the Krafla volcano park. Krafla's caldera spans about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter and has witnessed numerous eruptions throughout the past millennium. 

The latest series, occurring between 1975 to 1984, is aptly termed the "Krafla Fires." Amidst remnants of past volcanic rage, you'll encounter steaming geothermal areas contrasting against serene snowy plains, a testament to Iceland's ever-evolving landscapes.

Snowshoeing offers explorers an environmentally friendly means to journey across winter terrains. This activity is similar to hiking but with footwear designed to distribute weight over snowy grounds, preventing deep sinking. Even those without experience can enjoy walking through the snow, relishing a close bond with nature.

The exploration continues at the mysterious Dimmuborgir park, which translates as "Dark Castles." Dimmuborgir is a labyrinthine collection of towering lava pillars, arches, and caves, a fascinating landscape to explore. These formations arose from a lake of molten lava, where some sections cooled faster than others. 

But tales from old narrate a different story. Dimmuborgir is full of mysticism and folklore. These lava formations, they say, are trolls turned eternally to stone. As you navigate this unique park, seek out these petrified trolls and enjoy every fascinating step through this otherworldly landscape.

Dimmuborgir is the supposed residence of Gryla, an evil half-troll, half-ogre. Gryla has 13 mischievous offspring, the Yule Lads, who are Iceland's unique version of Santa Claus. 

As the story goes, in the days leading up to Christmas, these Yule Lads either reward well-behaved children or deliver rotten potatoes to the naughty ones. Some tales even suggest that the unruly ones might become dinner for Gryla. As participants explore the captivating formations of Dimmuborgir, each step is shadowed by the legends of Gryla and her mischievous clan, offering a blend of natural beauty and mythical intrigue.

From Dimmuborgir, your group will hike back to the snowshoeing start point at Krafla. After a memorable two-hour snowshoeing experience, your driver will take you back to Myvatn.

Dive into the icy wonders of the Myvatn landscapes, enriched by legends and empowered by the simplicity of snowshoeing, during this 3-hour winter hiking tour from Myvatn. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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1.5-2-hour guided witner hike in the Myvatn area
Snowshoes and hiking poles



What to bring

Good hiking boots
Warm winter clothing, including a hat and gloves
Water and snacks


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