What to do and see in Lake Myvatn, Iceland: The Best Places and Tips

December 23, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Discover the best top things to do in Lake Myvatn, Iceland including Dettifoss Waterfall, Krafla Lava Fields, Namafjall, Hverarond, Lofthellir Lava Cave, Lake Myvatn, Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), Mud Pots, Hverfjall, Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.
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1. Dettifoss Waterfall

Lake Myvatn, Iceland +354 558 8888
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Dettifoss Waterfall

Reviewed By Akram E - Tangier, Morocco

We got to the waterfall from the eastern road (a bumpy one) this gets you in direct contact with the water as it's on top level of the waterfall
While the western road (first encountered if coming from Myvatn) is a regular one and gets you a view from above over the waterfall
Your choice ! Enjoy

2. Krafla Lava Fields

Route 863, Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 616 reviews

Krafla Lava Fields

Reviewed By TravelcrazyAntwerp - Schoten, Belgium

You reach the Krafla lava fields by driving 6,9 km from ring road 1 to the Krafla power plant, and then continue for 1,2 km to the left to the Leihrnjukur lavafields.
There you can take a selfguided walk through a very unique volcanic landscape.
When we were there in May 2017 patches of snow covered the moon-like surface, where black volcanic Rock Formations alternated with mudpools, boiling ponds and colored rocks.
Please take care to stay on the paths, because otherwise you risk destroying some of the volcanic features, as we saw some selfie-making tourists do.
When you return to the Krafla power plant and take the road to the right for 1,2 km, you arrive at Viti (Maar), a volcano with a crater lake in which some icebergs drift.
A very bizarre sight !

Hverarond, Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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4.5 based on 603 reviews

Namafjall

Reviewed By JHChicago2014 - Chicago, Illinois

Namafjall is just south of the ring road to the east of Lake Myvatn, and is well worth the stop. A vast series of steam vents, boiling mud pools and other oddities for all to explore. As a geothermal area, the smell of sulphur is strong, but after a few minutes you do not notice anymore. Free to roam across the vast expense, there are markers up of areas to avoid for personal safety. As most of the area is devoid of vegetation, your shoes will be caked with mud. Budget about an hour to explore.

Hverarond, Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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4.5 based on 480 reviews

Hverarond

Reviewed By George I - Bangor, United Kingdom

The geothermal field at Namaskard (or Hverarond) was simply stunning. We came here on a bus tour around Lake Myvatn and arrived early evening as the sun broke through. The landscape was multicoloured as far as the mountain in the distance and the whole area was covered in hot Springs, fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots, all bubbling away in the swirling mist. It really did look like an alien landscape and was the very best sight we visited in Iceland.

5. Lofthellir Lava Cave

Lake Myvatn Area, Lake Myvatn, Iceland +354 558 8888
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Lofthellir Lava Cave

Reviewed By Peter D - Melbourne

A wonderful tour that allows you to experience some of the natural phenomena in this amazing country. The drive there, across lava plains, and rugged stoney outcrops, is all part of the experience. I have driven off road myself on many occasions, and our driver,...MoreThank you for your review :)

6. Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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4.5 based on 825 reviews

Lake Myvatn

Reviewed By gatortunor - Clemmons, North Carolina

By driving the road around Lake Myvatn you will see it and the surrounding hilly landscapes from various perspectives and see all kinds of birds. The lake is pristine with few commercial facilities to spoil it.

7. Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn)

Jardbadsholum, Lake Myvatn, Iceland +354 464 4411
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn)

Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 metres.Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms, the warm, soothing waters of Mývatn Nature Baths are beneficial to skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of wellbeing which lingers on as a lasting memory of your visit to this spellbinding area at Europe´s outer limits.Facilities on offer include a reception area and restaurant Seating 120 guests, changing rooms and showers for up to 300 guests, two natural steam baths accommodating up to 50 bathers at a time, and a 5000m2 geothermal bathing pool maintained at a constant temperature of 38-40ºC.

Reviewed By Nigel R

We arrived at the Baths around half twelve. After a very yummy ghoulash soup at the cafeteria (autocorrect repeatedly tried to write ghoulish...) we went into the Baths. Interesting societal note - Our son dropped his ice cream and a man at the Baths with his wife picked it up - we were informed by the cafeteria staff that he was the President - of Iceland!! No pomp, no entourage - Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson - just out at the Nature Baths with everyone else!!!
Stepping outside in a swimsuit in temperatures around zero was a hit challenging but thankfully there was a steam hut ten feet away from the changing room exit so I nipped in there to wait for the others - when we were already we headed for the lagoon - quickly!
As soon as you get your body in the water it's fine - it's about waist height and hot! The lagoon was reasonably busy, with lots of groups of tourists who seem to be either elderly northerners from Harrogate or Lancaster - or Tokyo! We spent a very enjoyable 4 or so hours there, moving from hotter to cooler spots and back again, swimming, chilling out, and generally having a really relaxing time! The weather cleared after a while and fabulous blue skies could have fooled you into thinking you were in the Caribbean - if it weren't for the snow and the very cold temperatures!

8. Mud Pots

Ring Road, Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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4.5 based on 341 reviews

Mud Pots

Reviewed By rnathan

If you like the smells of sulphur, these mud posts are fascinating. Some are at ground level while others send steam out of small mounds.

9. Hverfjall

Road 1, Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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4.5 based on 376 reviews

Hverfjall

Reviewed By TravelcrazyAntwerp - Schoten, Belgium

The rocky Hverfjall volcano originated some 2500 years ago.
Depending on which side of the volcano you measure, it is 80 to 180 meter high.
From the parking lot below, there is a steep gravel road to the rim.
The panoramic views of Dimmuborgir and Lake Myvatn are worth the climb up.
The rim itself has a diameter of 1000 meter, and there's a gravel path around it.
As it was windy we didn't go completely around it and contented ourselves with the view at just one side of the rim, which was already nice enough.

10. Dimmuborgir Lava Formations

Lake Myvatn, Iceland +354 858 5848
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

Dimmuborgir Lava Formations

Reviewed By Cherie P - Pahrump, Nevada, United States

Absolutely enjoyed the time we spent wandering here. Take time to look around for the trolls etc.. it was especially interesting as the sun came up with all the shadows and the silhouettes made for interesting photos. Worth spending time here! Since we were here in January, crampons were used.

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