Mývatn lake and the surrounding areas are the undisputed gem of Iceland and offers truly unique natural environments where volcanic eruptions have played a crucial role in forming the landscape. From desolate mud pots and geothermal caves, Mývatn summarises all the natural wonders Iceland has to offer and is a must-see destination when travelling around the northern part of Iceland.
Dimmuborgir consists of twisted towers of coagulated rock that reach the earth’s surface to form a lava field of giant pillars and arches. They are commonly believed to be created 2000 years ago when lava from Þrengslaborgir and Lúdentaborgir craters flowed across and over the older Hverfell lava fields.These dramatic structures are truly unique and aren’t know to exist anywhere else in the world. A series of walking trails suitable for all abilities run through Dimmuborgir’s astonishing landscapes.
Viti is an explosion crater, around 300 m in diameter, with a dark blue pool of floodwater at its centre. It was formed during a massive volcanic eruption and the beginning of the famous Mývatn Fires in 1724. The eruption continued for 5 years but the mud pools in Víti kept boiling for a century after that.
This otherworldly location is one of the most popular sites to visit around Mývatn, but it is situated right next to the Ring Road. Here you will find a number of sulphurous mud springs and steam springs that all seem to be boiling relentlessly with powerful stench of sulphur pervade the air. The beauty of the colourful minerals and the lunar-like landscape make this stunning site worth exploring.
The immense black crater of Hverfjall looms as a constant presence on the east side of the lake. If wandering around the edge of a massive volcanic black hole sounds like something you’d like to experience, then Hverafjall is definitely the place to do it. Trails on this location also lead to and from Dimmuborgir.
Two-hour flight over Iceland, going from Myvatn to Asbyrgi, Detifoss, Akja Volcano and Vatnjokull glacier. A perfect moment to enjoy all the diversity of Icelandic geology. Very good comments from our pilot also! I really recommend it to have a complete overview of Iceland.
Mýflug Air is an Icelandic EASA approved airline, specialising in air ambulance and charter flights, and during summer, they also offer sightseeing flights from Lake Mývatn. They have more than 25 years of flying experience and work closely with most of the domestic airlines in Iceland. Their pilots are highly experienced in flying under demanding conditions and Mýflug Air strives to provide the best and most efficient service possible.
The airport by Lake Mývatn is conveniently located in regards to some of the most interesting and beautiful scenery in Iceland. Dettifoss, Asbyrgi, Askja, Mt. Herdubreid and Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull and the newly formed Holuhraun lava field are all less than 1 hour away!
There is a 2 person minimum for most tours. Their tours are not operated on a fixed schedule but instead the flights are operated on request therefore, the tours can be modified to meet your needs.
We recommend Tour 3, their most popular tour. In this 90 minute sightseeing flight you’ll fly around Mývatn Lake and its surroundings, over Ódáðahraun lava field towards the stratovolcano Askja and from there to Kverkafjöll mountains, where you can observe the striking contrasts between thermal heat and Vatnjökull glacier (only the largest one in Europe!). On the way back you’ll see Mt. Herðubreið, Mt. Hverfell, Mt. Námafjall and Krafla before returning to the airport.
Please go to their website to see their selection of sightseeing tours. For bookings we recommend that you contact Mýflug by calling +354 4644400.
This place was like from a dream. We arrived relatively late, at 11 pm, after a day of adventuring around Husavik and Myvatn. We only got to spend an hour there, but it was the best-spent hour. Soaking in the bath-warm, dreamy blue water while watching the sunset was an unreal experience.
Make sure you take some to enjoy the Mývatn Nature Baths, the Blue Lagoon of the North – but with lesser tourists. It is located in Jarðbaðshólar, about 4 km from the village of Reykjahlíð and it opened in June 2004. Mývatn Nature Baths is the latest addition to the region’s many visitor attractions. Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience in a pool of water drawn from depths of 2500 meters, containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing water and relaxing environment of Mývatn Nature Bath benefits both skin and spirit. You can even enjoy two steam baths that are built straight on top of a geothermal area where sulphur-free steam rises through the floor. You won’t experience this kind of spa treatment every day! In the summer, the lagoon is open every day until midnight and during winter the bath becomes the most luxurious setting to watch the Northern Lights.
Myvatn Nature Baths offers their visitors to enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner in their beautiful and welcoming dining area, Kvika Restaurant. The menu consists of a daily special, soups, fresh baked bread and extensive salad bar, the famous hot spring bread with smoked char caught in the Mývatn Lake amongst other delicious refreshments.
Unlike the Blue Lagoon, you won’t need to book any tickets to Myvatn Nature Baths in advance. Simply show up when your feel like relaxing in the lagoon. For further information about opening times and prices, have a look at their website.