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An essential stop on North Iceland's Diamond Circle sightseeing route, Lake Mývatn is renowned for its diverse beauty and its surrounding geological marvels. Mývatn tours include natural attractions such as Dimmuborgir lava fortress, Námaskard pass and Mývatn Nature Baths.

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Frequently asked questions

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

Absolutely. There are plenty of scheduled tours to choose from. Besides sightseeing, there are dog sledding tours that operate in the winter, super jeep tours to Askja 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.

What are some of the main attractions around Lake Myvatn?

There are many geological sites here for you to explore, such as Dimmuborgir lava fields, the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagigar, as well as multiple geothermal marvels such as Námaskarð pass, Grjótagjá hot spring cave, which features in the game of thrones series, and the Myvatn Nature Baths.

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). Visiting at golden hour is a great idea, as it is possible to enjoy the view of the sunset from the comfort of the warm pools.

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.

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.

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.

How far is Myvatn from Reykjavik?

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

How far is Akureyri from Myvatn?

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

Can I fly to Lake Myvatn?

It is not yet possible to fly to Mývatn itself, but the nearby town of Akureyri has a domestic airport and you can fly there from Reykjavik.

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

A 4x4 is not necessary in the summer months. However, as North Iceland sees heavy snow in the winter months, renting a 4x4 is highly recommended during this time.