A Holiday Travel Blog

Myvatn

 

 

 

 

On the fairly short drive from Akureyri to Myvatn is the incredible Godafoss waterfall. 

Around Myvatn there are so many incredible sights to see. You can drive short distances to each point of interest working your way around the lake. In Western Myvatn there is an easy climb up Vindbelgjarfjell giving views across the late and the pseudocraters. There is a lovely trail around this area - which is apparently great for bird watching! I think it was still a little cold for many birds at the beginning of April!?

Towards the South there is a collection of pseudocraters called Skutustadagigar - When we were there these were mostly covered in snow, but if you are visiting in summer I am sure these would be great fun to amble around. Onwards in the South - east, visit the lava headland at Hofdi for views of caves and lava pillars. One of the highlights of this section was Dimmuborgir which is a giant lava field to explore. There is also a cafe here for some lunch or a warming coffee! There are supposedly trolls in this area - but we didn't manage to spot any!

The absolutely stunning Hverfell was next (even in April we had to rescue some people who had their car stuck in snow here - so take care!) There is a track to the summit which gives amazing views of the surrounding landscape. 

 

 

 

 

We went in search of Storagja and Grotagja -  some gaping fissures and hot water filled  caves  - we found the fissures, but not the caves!? perhaps they were covered in snow? Heading east from the area you arrive at Bjarnarflag which is an incredible, active geothermal area. Get ready for bubbling mud pots, steaming rocks and a eerily martian landscape. Fabulous! 

Whilst you are here a MUST is to visit Myvatn Nature Baths - a smaller but less touristy and much more relaxing experience whilst still enjoying those gorgeous blue, mineral-filled  waters. We stayed at Vogafjos Guesthouse which was perfect. In wooden cabins on a farm which has a really lovely cafe restaurant. Lucky us - that night the Northern Lights made an appearance! I don't think they were as active as they could be but they were still magnificent!