Myvatn

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Myvatn Nature Baths which includes a hot spring and a luxury hotel or resort as well as a small group of people

Hike through lava fields and ascend to the rim of a volcanic crater, before relaxing in the geothermal lagoons of this extraordinary landscape.

Mývatn is a region of dystopian terrain surrounding a vast lake of the same name. Wetlands in the immediate vicinity are home to rich wildlife and flora, but the volcanic activity responsible for the lake has created an otherworldly realm farther afield. Enter a realm of steam jets, bubbling mud pits and barren sulfur grounds.

The lake, a river and its surrounding area are part of the Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area. Spot water birds, such as the tufted duck and the greater scaup, around Lake Mývatn. It was formed by a huge volcanic eruption 2,300 years ago. Walk along its pebbled shore and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere while viewing the water.

Many of the major attractions are near the eastern shore of the lake, including the lava field of Dimmuborgir. Trek through paths of varying difficulty to see bizarre rock formations. The highlight is “the Church,” with a grand arch to walk through.

Krafla Volcano is to the north of the lava fields. Climb to the rim of its Viti Crater and peer down at the blue-green lake. In addition to creating power, the geothermal activity in the area is put to good use with the hot pools of Mývatn Nature Baths. Relax in baths atop steam jets, before swimming in the sulfur pool until around midnight.

Imagine the end of the world at Námafjall, an eerie region of barren land with hot springs, vapor jets and fizzy mud pits. Listen to the hiss of the steam and smell the intense aroma of sulfur. The experience is like being on an alien planet.

Spectacular waterfalls decorate the region. Hike to the Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall that flows over the rocky landscape. Visit the popular Dettifoss Waterfall to get close to the powerful wall of water.

The lake is on the western side of a fault line that runs through northeastern Iceland. Drive northwest for about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Reykjavik, a journey that takes 6 hours by car.

The terrain and geothermal pools of Mývatn create a spectacular world from which you may never want to return.

Eldá Guesthouse
Eldá Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Helluhraun 9, Myvatn, 0660
The price is £99 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star golf guesthouse in Myvatn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (78 reviews)
No hot springs.
"The lure of a hot springs on the property to soak in was the main reason we chose this place over other locations. There is NO HOT SPRINGS. Laundry facilities also advertised. They will do your laundry for you, but you cannot do it yourself. It will cost 2000 ISK. No complaints about anything else. ..."

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2021

Eldá Guesthouse
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
3.5 out of 5
Reynihlid, Myvatn, Northeast Region, 660
The price is £247 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Myvatn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"It’s an excellent hotel with great service. Their main server, Peter, is very kind, polite, hardworking and complete professional."

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Fosshotel Myvatn
Fosshotel Myvatn
3 out of 5
Grímsstaoir, Skutustaoahreppur, Myvatn, 0660
The price is £273 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Myvatn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (495 reviews)
Amazing Hotel
"What a beautiful hotel! The landscape around it is stunning and id definitely recommend a lake view room. There's a free sauna all the guests can use. Breakfast and dinner were both fantastic. The room was very comfy and all facilities used need were provided!"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

Fosshotel Myvatn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hlíð Huts
Hlíð Huts
2 out of 5
Hlíð, Myvatn, 660
The price is £115 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this cabin in Myvatn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Myvatn Nature Baths and Namafjall are located nearby. Discover ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Nice place
"The place was clean. Kitchen in the hostel had the necessary tools. I like the showers near the reception. My only issue is washroom was not in the hut so I had to bundle up just to go to the washroom."

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2021

Hlíð Huts
Aska Modern Cabin
Aska Modern Cabin
3 out of 5
Hlíð, Myvatn, Northeast Region, 660
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Myvatn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Myvatn Nature Baths and Namafjall are located nearby. Discover ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Good property but not as remote as led to believe
"We really enjoyed our stay overall, but we were very disappointed to find that there is a next door cabin and that you are in the middle of a campsite. We had people running around all sides of the cabin and very little privacy if any blinds were open. Overall, the amenities shown in the pictures ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Aska Modern Cabin
Hlíð Cottages
Hlíð Cottages
3 out of 5
Hraunbrún, Myvatn, Northeast Region, 660
The price is £337 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 3-star cottage in Myvatn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions Myvatn ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (10 reviews)
Fantastic Cottage in Myvatn
"Stayed here on a guys trip with 4 of us - would highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2019

Hlíð Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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