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About Myvatn Tours

Myvatn is the name of a lake and its surrounding area of incredible beauty and natural diversity in North Iceland. There are many geological sites here for you to explore, such as Dimmuborgir lava fortress, as well as multiple geothermal marvels such as Namaskard Pass and Grjotagja hot spring cave. This is one of the main stops along the ‘Diamond Circle’ sightseeing route and is close to many great waterfalls and some of Iceland's most iconic natural features.

1. Can I partake in any fun activities in the Myvatn area?

Yes! Besides Sightseeing, there are dog sledding tours that operate in the winter, super jeep tours to Viti Caldera, and you can visit the Myvatn Nature Baths. Close by are the towns of Husavik and Akureyri, both of which offer whale watching tours.

2. What are some of main attractions around Lake Myvatn?

There are numerous attractions around Lake Myvatn such as Dimmuborgir lava fields, Namafjall geothermal area, Grjotagja hot spring, and Myvatn Nature Baths.

3. What are the Myvatn Nature Baths?

The Myvatn Nature Baths are very similar to the Blue Lagoon, except they are smaller and often less crowded. The baths are filled with blue, mineral-rich geothermal waters with a temperature of 36-40°C (97-104°F).

4. What is the Diamond Circle?

The Diamond Circle is a popular sightseeing route in North Iceland which includes stops at four locations: the town of Husavik, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss Waterfall and Asbyrgi Canyon. Other stops can include Godafoss waterfall, Dimmuborgir lava field, and Tjornes Peninsula.

5. Are there any active volcanoes near Lake Myvatn?

Yes, the caldera Krafla is located in the Myvatn region. It has erupted 29 times in recorded history, but don’t worry, all volcanoes in Iceland are monitored closely.

6. Where can I stay in the Myvatn area?

There are several hotels and guesthouses in the Myvatn area. The largest settlement in northern Iceland, Akureyri, is also a short drive away and offers numerous options for accommodation.

7. How far is Myvatn from Reykjavik?

Reykjavik is approximately 475 km (295 mi) from Myvatn and it takes around 6 hours to drive there.

8. How far is Akureyri from Myvatn?

Akureyri is approximately 115 km (71 mi) from Myvatn.

9. Can I fly to Lake Myvatn?

Not to Myvatn itself but the nearby town of Akureyri has a domestic airport and you can fly there from Reykjavik.

10. Do I need a 4x4 vehicle to drive to Myvatn?

Not in the summer but as North Iceland sees heavy snow in the winter months, a 4x4 is highly recommended in winter.


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