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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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