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Lake Mývatn Tours

As Iceland’s fourth largest lake, Mývatn is an important stop on any north Iceland road trip. Formed by a massive volcanic eruption over two millenniums ago, it is still geothermally active today and it is surrounded by surreal lava formations that are so characteristically Icelandic.

The lake got its name from the vast numbers of midges that gather on its shores, a witness to the vital role the lake plays in the region’s avifauna. In fact, Mývatn is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world as far as ornithology (15 species of ducks, Barrow's goldeneye, red-necked phalarope, red-breasted merganser, gadwall, mallard, to name a few) and entomology (midges and black flies) are concerned, thanks to high biological productivity and the presence of numerous wetlands in the area.

The region surrounding Lake Mývatn doesn’t lack in attractions and sights either, which are all more of less located along the well-known ring road. The Hverfjall Crater is a 2,500-year-old, 1,500-foot (460-meter) high and 3,400-foot (1,040-meter) wide tephra tuff ring volcano that is nearly symmetrical and accessible by two walking paths, while Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles”) is a surreal, unusually shaped lava field composed of volcanic caves and rock formations resembling an ancient collapsed citadel, one of the most striking naturally-formed landscapes in Iceland. Even closer to Mývatn is the Lofthellir Lava Cave, which boasts the longest natural ice sculpture inside in a lava cave in Iceland at 1,213 feet (370 meters) long. Last but not least, the Mývatn Nature Baths are basically a less congested, less touristy version of the Blue Lagoon, and well worth a visit.

Practical Info

Lake Mývatn is located 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of Akureyri and can be reached via route 1 in just over an hour. It is also possible to circle the lake (36 kilometers or 22 miles) via bicycle; many stores in nearby Skútustaðir, Vogar and Reykjahlíð offer bicycle rentals for a day.

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Fat Bike Tour at Lake Mývatn from Reykjahlíð, North Iceland, null
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Fat Bike Tour at Lake Mývatn from Reykjahlíð

Fat bikes are the perfect way to enjoy the rougher trails in summer, and the snowy hills, mountains and the frozen lake in winter. They have fat tires which ...  Read more

Location: Reykjahlíð, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.31
Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri, Akureyri, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

Lake Mývatn Classic tour takes you on an amazing journey through an area of extreme contrasts, bird life, flora, geothermal activity, geology and saga. ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $180.06
Diamond Circle Tour with Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Diamond Circle Tour with Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri

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Embark on 4x4 Jeep tour to the diamond circle and explore majestic placesincluding Waterfall Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn, Hverir (hot springs), Víti ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $310.11
4X4 Private Tour from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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4X4 Private Tour from Akureyri

Join the private day tour for 1-6 person from Akureyri and we help you to organize your perfect day around Akureyri, to Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss or wherever ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $1,231.67
Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri, Akureyri, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri

Experience the magic of the great Waterfall Dettifoss and its surroundings. The combined width and height make it the most powerful waterfall in Europe and we ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $270.09
Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small-Group Tour, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small-Group Tour

Visit Goðafoss waterfall, Dettifoss waterfall, and Selfoss waterfall on this guided, 10-hour small-group tour from Akureyri. You will also stop at the hot ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $280.10
Akureyri Airvan Flight: Iceland Highland Ultimate, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Akureyri Airvan Flight: Iceland Highland Ultimate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Soar above some of the most amazing pearls of the highlands in this 2.5 to 3-hour ultimate tour with a sand-strip landing in the heart of the highlands. ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $512.67
Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle, Akureyri, Air Tours
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Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle

Fly through the landscape of The Game of Thrones and Oblivion in this breathtaking flight of 60 to 80 minutes.    Marvel at the rugged Icelandic landscape as ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $412.64
Lofthellir Cave Exploration from Akureyri, Akureyri, Air Tours
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Lofthellir Cave Exploration from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the wondrous underground world of Lofthellir Ice Cave on this guided day tour from Akureyri. Journey out to the volcanic Lake Mývatn, then ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $256.34
Diamond Circle Day Trip from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Diamond Circle Day Trip from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover northern Iceland’s Diamond Circle on a full-day tour from Akureyri! With a knowledgeable guide, check off the incredible natural wonders, volcanic ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $355.12

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