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Guide de Voyage : Botnsvatn Lake

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A top view of Husavik with Botnsvatn lake seen in the distance.Lake Botnsvatn is a beautiful body of water in Northeast Iceland surrounded by lush valleys, mountains, and wildlife. It’s a popular destination for hiking, birdwatching, and fishing in the region.

Lake Botnsvatn is situated close to Husavik, a coastal town in Northeast Iceland. Husavik is renowned for its whale-watching tours and stunning landscapes, making it a popular destination for visitors exploring the region. 

While no specific tour can take you to the lake, it’s easily accessible once you reach Husavik. This seven-day North Iceland Arctic coast way adventure and 10-day Ring Road self-drive tour have customizable itineraries that include Husavik.

If you plan on exploring more attractions in the region after visiting Botnsvatn lake, you can book from a wide selection of hotels and accommodations in Husavik.

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Eysteinn Guðni Guðnason. No edits made.

Main Features of Botnsvatn Lake in Husavik

Lake Botnsvatn occupies a picturesque setting south of Husavik and has a modest size of approximately 0.4 square miles (1.05 square kilometers). Its elongated shape is complemented by irregular shorelines, creating a captivating landscape for visitors to explore. 

Within Botnsvatn, a diverse range of aquatic life thrives, including small trout and Arctic char. The lake and its adjacent wetlands also serve as vital habitats for various bird species. Ducks, geese, waders, and other waterfowl can be observed in the area, particularly during migration seasons.

Beyond its natural allure, Lake Botnsvatn holds cultural significance in Icelandic folklore. Local legends suggest the lake is inhabited by hidden folk, elves, and other mythical creatures, adding to its unique charm.

Husavik is a town in Northeast Iceland with a beautiful harbor.

Top Activities in Lake Botnsvatn

While Botnsvatn lake is a breathtaking sightseeing destination, it’s also an excellent spot for exciting activities.

For hiking enthusiasts, the surrounding hills and trees provide excellent opportunities to explore scenic trails and take in panoramic views of the lake. The hiking trails vary in difficulty and cater to all levels of experience. The easiest route starts from the Husavik town center and takes about an hour.

Birdwatching is another popular activity at Lake Botnsvatn, as the lake provides essential habitats for diverse bird species. Visitors can observe whooper swans, Arctic terns, common snipes, and seabirds, particularly in summer.

Binoculars and bird guides are recommended for those interested in identifying different species and learning more about the region's avian inhabitants.

For anglers, Lake Botnsvatn offers excellent fishing opportunities, with trout and Arctic char being the primary catch. Fishing from the lake's shore allows anglers to enjoy stunning views while trying their luck at catching these prized fish. Fishing equipment, including rods, reels, and bait, can be brought along or rented locally for convenience.

How to Visit Botnsvatn Lake

From Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, travelers have several transportation options to Botnsvatn. The most common method is by car, as it allows for flexibility and the opportunity to enjoy the scenic drive along Iceland's Ring Road (Route 1). 

Travelers need to head northeast from Reykjavik to reach Husavik, passing through picturesque landscapes and towns along the way. The journey typically takes approximately six hours, depending on weather and road conditions, covering 288 miles (464 kilometers).

From Husavik, traveling to Lake Botnsvatn is relatively easy. Visitors can drive, take a short taxi ride, or hike from the town center to the lake, which is just 2.6 miles (4.3 kilometers) away. 

Top Attractions in North Iceland Near Botnsvatn Lake

After visiting Botnsvatn lake, there are other places of interest in Husavik and the region that you shouldn’t miss.

Skjalfandi bay, surrounding Husavik, is renowned as one of the best spots for whale watching in Iceland. Its nutrient-rich waters attract various whale species, including humpback whales, minke whales, and even the elusive blue whale. 

Visitors can join guided boat tours departing from Husavik harbor, such as this original three-hour whale watching tour in oak boats from Husavik or this small-group puffin and whale watching.

GeoSea has geothermal pools overlooking a beautiful bay in Husavik. GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths, situated in Husavík overlooking Skjalfandi bay, offers a unique geothermal bathing experience. These outdoor seawater baths feature stunning panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding mountains. Visitors can relax and unwind in the warm waters by pre-booking an admission ticket to GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths.

Asbyrgi Canyon, 41 miles (66 kilometers) from Lake Botnsvatn, is a geological marvel shaped like a horseshoe. This dramatic canyon is believed to have been formed by glacial floods and tectonic activity.

While at Asbyrgi, visitors can hike along the canyon's trails, marvel at the towering cliffs and lush vegetation, or explore the birch woodlands surrounding the canyon floor.

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