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About Myvatn Tours

Mývatn 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 Námaskarð pass and Grjótagjá hot spring cave.

Mývatn 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?

You sure can. Besides sightseeing, there are dog sledding tours that operate in the winter, super jeep tours to Víti caldera, and you can visit the Mývatn Nature Baths. Close by are the towns of Húsavík 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 Mývatn such as Dimmuborgir lava fields, Námaskarð geothermal area, Grjótagjá hot spring, and the Mývatn Nature Baths.

3. What are the Myvatn Nature Baths?

The Mývatn Nature Baths are very similar to the Blue Lagoon, except they are smaller and tend to be 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: Húsavík town, Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon. Other stops can include Goðafoss waterfall, Dimmuborgir lava field, and Tjörnes peninsula.

5. Are there any active volcanoes near Lake Myvatn?

Yes, the caldera Krafla is located in the Mývatn 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 Mývatn 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?

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

8. How far is Akureyri from Myvatn?

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

9. Can I fly to Lake Myvatn?

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

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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10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

5 average rating | 2 reviews

10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

The entire tour was incredible. The accommodations, although budget, were excellent and adequate. Breakfast was included at nearly every stop and the food available was great. The car, a 4x4 comfort automatic, felt safe to drive over gravel roads and through some patches of snow and ice and was nice for the two of us to share around the country. But the tour itself was just amazing. It was our first time to Iceland and to have the accommodations and a flexible itinerary planned for us, was super helpful. We did find whale watching in Husavik, which we added on ourselves, and it was really worthwhile, something maybe guide to Iceland could add as an option. We did get the opportunity to see the Northern Lights one night in our two day stay in Lake Myvatn. The weather was also very nice, very little rain, mostly sunny, and warmer (30-50 degrees fahrenheit), so we lucked out there (early-mid April 2018). Also our flight was delayed a day due to weather, but GTI allowed us to continue on the second day and even rescheduled our Blue Lagoon booking for a different day (so we only missed out on one hotel). Would highly recommend using Guide to Iceland!

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Our tour was in early March 2018. We were lucky with the weather and it was beautiful every day. The tour was easy to setup up just note the communications might not be immediate depending on time zone (I am in US). It did not affect any of the travel. I recommend at your hotel to ask where the tour buses pick up passengers. Ours was not clear and our guide Sveinbjorn had to search us out. Sveinbjorn was a fantastic guide. Was a safe driver and could definitely relax and watch the scenery without worry. He takes pride in his country and enjoys talking about it with a passion. He made sure were on time and had it set where we arrived earlier at places then other tour groups which made it easy for us to get around. If the place was dangerous he made sure the group knew (multiple times). What I liked is I learned more about Iceland from him then any other resource. Now more about the trip. Each day we were on the road by 8 local time so the day starts early. All the hotels were nice and there were some brand new ones. A travel note is once you are at a hotel expect to be there and no other exploring since they are isolated. I personally was nervous about hiking the glacier but our guide (did not remember his name) kept me at ease and it was a great experience. The ice caves were fantastic and a lot of it was due to our guide Faye. She kept us entertained and played Icelandic rock music for us. All the places we stopped were interesting and we were glad we did the extended tours to the east side of the island (away from most of the tourists). I think my only frustrating thing was the end of the tour from Akureyri back to Reykjavík. We did not spend any time in Akureyri because our plane left about 11:00am local time. Might have been nice to seen more of Akureyri. And once we arrived back in Reykjavík we assumed there would be transportation since the tour asked where we were staying once we got back in Reykjavík but we had to find it ourselves. Plenty of taxis just be aware. I recommend a new visitor to the island to use a tour company and I think you will enjoy your stay

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 17 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

We joined the 8-day tour with our guide Svein in March, hunting for amazing Aurora and beautiful landscapes. In the end, I left my camera on the minibus. Svein was so kind to send it back to me. I was really appreciate it.

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

5 average rating | 20 reviews

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

We completed this tour in March 2018 and our tour guide was Hildigunnur(Hildi). The whole tour was an amazing experience from start to finish. Our wonderful guide Hildi was a great ambassador for her country and ensured that we not only enjoyed the trip but also received a great insight into the history, culture and geography of Iceland. Nothing was too much trouble for her as she would help us with scheduled or unscheduled stops for photos, trying local produce and understand in local folklore. The trip was well planned with convenient stops and lovely accommodation. The atmosphere which Hildi created was one of comfort and relaxation while enjoying some unbelievable scenery. We enjoyed not having to rush which we would have done if we did day tours from Reykjavik. All in all a great tour with an excellent, caring and fun tour guide.

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Ragnheiður was a fun and great guide with an amazingly positive attitude and we enjoyed the trip immensely. She kept us very comfortable and made the most of our time with good pacing of the viewpoints and visits with plenty of rest-stops in between. The sights were all well picked and provided a wonderful view into the natural treasures of Iceland. Very happy with the tour and our wonderful guide Ragnheiður.

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It was a wonderful experience. The tour guide of my trip was excellent and knowledgeable. We made good friends and so as the other members of our trip. We saw beautiful aurora in two nights at our hotels. The last day in Akureyri is a bit disappointing due to the accomodation. Point to note is that the 6 days 7 days and 8 days tour were grouped together. I could recommend an 8 days tour so that you do not have to take a flight from Akureyri back to Reykjavik. Instead you could travel to the west a bit and back to Reykjavik by the bus.

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We had a wonderful 6 day tour with Ragnheiður. She is a fantastic guide, giving us extra time at places and showing us special places not on the itinerary. Our group of 9 bonded well, in part by our guide and we had a lot of fun seeing the sights of such a beautiful country, taking selfies, playing in the snow, exploring ice caves, hiking up a glacier...the list goes on! The accommodations were fantastic and really added to the experience. We were also fortunate to see the aurora which was a highlight of the trip. I had a wonderful trip and many stories to take home.

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This was truly a trip of a life time!!! We spent 13 days (12 + 1 extra) driving around this wonderful country visiting most of the recommended places, without any boring moment. The temperature was about right, from -3 to +7 degree celcius. But the wind...oh how string! Once the maximum speed reached 70 kph. But it was fun!!! I had only little previous winter driving experience, but the conditions of the roads were good enough, and there were not many cars out of Reykjavik. One only needs to be very careful and makes decent decisions. The days were long enough to visit places and the nights were great for Northern Lights. We saw this amazing phenomena 6 out of 12 nights. One night, it was so strong that we were able to take pictures with Samsung Note 8 in automatic mode, with clear picture of our faces too!!! We visited national parks, volcanos, geothermal areas, glaciers, waterfalls, geysir, lava fields, black sand beaches, etc... We also take many optional tours, which make our schedule to be rather full. But they proved to be worthwhile. Where else can you snorkelling between two continents, hiking on a glacier, visiting ice cave, lava tube cave and watching whales? What one needs to do is a lot of homework beforehand and rearranges places and time of how to visit. The places in the itinerary are not always in the order where you can go. And you do not have the time to see them all, especially with optional tours previously mentioned. We upgraded to the luxury car and quality accommodations. All were OK. A few comments are that the room at Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon was very small. And at Seydisfjodur, where there are four different locations of the hotel Aldan buildings, we should have been informed before arriving. Actually, we knocked on one of the buildings door without any answer, so we needed to give the hotel a ring for their instruction. In Iceland, there is no bell boy. So you'd better pack a few small bags rather than a big one. The food tastes great. The portion is large in most places. The price was on high side. A lot of fish, seafood and meat, little vegetable. My favourites were smoked lamb and horse meat. The water tastes great, in fact, the best ever. Overall, our experiences during the 13 days were beyond expectations. We have been travelling to several countries, including the part of North Pole. Iceland is so unique that this trip will be a favourite in our fond memories.

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This was the greatest tour ever. Everyone that I interacted with at Guide to Iceland was awesome and helpful. Our driver and guide for this tour was Sigurður G Viðarsson. He was absolutely amazing. Right from the start he made it fell less like a tour with strangers and more of a road trip with friends. Siggi took care of us the entire trip and shared multiple stories of Iceland which kept us entertained. We were able to see a lot of sights everyday due to his excellent driving and we always felt safe with him on the wheel no matter how rough the weather got. Siggi always made stops for us to use the restroom, for lunch or if anyone of us had a special request. The tour with him always felt smooth and not rushed. At all sights we had ample time to take photos and to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. He even lead the group to the waterfall Dettifoss as the path was full of snow and he hiked up Hverfjall with us and helped us whenever it got difficult. The hotel accommodation provided was excellent with most of them having hot pools to relax in after a long day of walking and taking pictures. All the accommodation provided were far from the city lights which made them excellent for viewing the Northern Lights. Pro tip – Once its past 10 just head to the open hot pool, get in and look up. The warm water around your body and the dancing lights above will be an experience you won’t forget. I opted for the Glacier Hike and Ice Cave activities. Unfortunately due to strong winds the hike was cancelled. Siggi took us to the parking lot from where the hike originates and let us out to stretch our legs. The wind was so powerful that it was hard to walk 100m to take the photo of the glacier. I can’t imagine what would have happened if we had to go on the hike. I am glad that they cancelled the hike for our safety. Two thumbs up to the team for making the right call. We were lucky with Ice cave the next day as the weather mellowed down. Our guide Faye was very informative and kept us safe at all times. Whenever there was a difficult path she was always there to guide and lend a hand. She told us all about how the caves are formed and answered all our questions. She even gave us tips to get good photos and took some for us. Instead of getting a refund for the Glacier Hike I opted for another activity. I walked into the nearest Guide to Iceland office and was assisted by Emilia. She brought out her laptop and helped me select a more suitable activity. I was credited for the cancelled hike and only had to pay the price difference. She was patient and helpful during the entire process. I would recommend Guide to Iceland to everyone and will be taking their tour the next time I come to Iceland. Hopefully soon.

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My recent trip with David Ingi (greatest guide ever) was just absolutely fantastic. I enjoyed every second of it and words cannot describe what i witnessed in that country. This trip was very well organized and accommodations for each night are top quality. By completing the ring road you would definitely see everything iceland has to offer and trust me one of the ways to make a road trip most exciting is to have a experienced local that stop at the most unexpected places. Thank you David, for showing the group this magic country and I would love to come back to see a distinctly differ landscape in the summertime.

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Ragnheiður, she is the best of the best! She loves her country and show us the most of it proudly including her personal spots! We had an unforgettable time with her and no words could express my thanx to her for this tour! She is simply the best of the best!

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 17 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

It's an amazing 8 Day Winter Excursion with our cool viking guide, Siggi. The tour will not be awesome without him. He is a caring, thoughtful and helpful guide with plenty of initiatives to allow us to further experience the icelandic culture. For e.g. Bringing us to the geothermal bath and having a taste of Icelandic fermented shark meat etc. On top of that, his is a skillful driver, who take us through the rough weather that we encountered along the way. We felt that he went the extra mile to allow us to experience and explore the places and culture than to spend our time aimlessly:) The hotels provided are strategically located to get a good view of the northern lights display and most of them are equipped with facilities such as a hot tub and sauna. We are glad that we are able to catch the northern lights display for 2 nights. They're really great:) We would like to recommend the tour to adventurous travelers who are looking for an experiential tour in Iceland:) We had a very memorable tour!

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8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 17 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

A great 8 day Winter Excursion, special credits should go to our tour manager Seggi Viking. As a driver he is skillful and considerate, as a tour guide he is experienced and knowledgeable and a an Islandic local he is caring and friendly. It was a challenging adventure to climb up a snow covered crater to catch a scenic surroundings. Experienced a taste of cold and warm at the same time in a Geothermal Bath. We were fortunate to catch 2 nights of spectacular Aurora display during this trip. Contemplating to come back during summer to have another different experience.

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

5 average rating | 20 reviews

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

This tour was just amazing! The guide, David, was really great, funny and always available. The hotels during the tour were really great, even exceeded our expectations. The only slight problem is that hotels are mostly situated in remote areas were there are no other options but to eat at the hotel's restaurant and these were pretty expensive. We really enjoyed every site we visited and the landscape throughout the tour is exceptional! We had the right amount of time thanks to a small bus (of 16 people) and explanations on each site. Little improvements this tour could offer: possibility to book this tour as a half-board with dinners included in the hotels, and a little bit more aurora hunting would be appreciated!

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6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

5 average rating | 20 reviews

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

Did everything I wanted. This tour was actually hosted by Aurora Hunters the guides name was Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson. He is the best. We saw the aurora lights. We we're blessed. All the stars aligned on this trip. We had signs of the number 13 and it went well. Perfect in every way. I wish aurora hunters had a website so I can rate them there. Thanks guide to Iceland though as well. Due to rain the previous week we were unable to go ice caving into Vatnajokull but they took us to a different ice cave. This is a great representation of Iceland. Sveinbjorn even went out of his way to make sure I got a picture on riding an Icelandic horse. I wish him all the best. My heart and mind and spirit is now more expanded after this trip thanks to all involved, Svein and those on my small tour group of 13 total. -Erick Sangalang

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