Lake Myvatn, Lake Myvatn

Created 2,300 years ago by volcanic eruption, Lake Myvatn features craters, mud pits, lava columns, distant mountains, and lifting steam. The large amounts of algae in the water support many aquatic plants and fish, and the wetland environment is home to many species of waterbirds, including 13 duck species. You'll find a hot spring lagoon, a geothermal cave, and a bird museum nearby. You can also fish or hike in the area, including to the Krafla volcano. Our Lake Myvatn route builder makes visiting Lake Myvatn and other Lake Myvatn attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The lake Myvatn is nice, but the south side of the lake is a great spot for observing and photographing the Northern Lights. Because the weather is relatively stable inland, I think it is good weather conditions. Because it is dark at night, I recommend that you look for a shooting place in the bright until sunset.
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  • The lake with its surroundings is out of this world, with many different aspects such as volcanic activity, thermal baths, real and fake craters, Game of Thrones shooting locations, multitude of birds...  more »
  • Beautiful area, I recommend taking your time here. There is so much mind blowing hidden stuff.
  • Amazing site and surreal view. Absolutely worth seeing!
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