Project Description


The jagged shores of lake Mývatn, modeled by small peninsulas and little bays and coves, are the frames of a sparkling sketch of water and, together with it, set up one of the most iconic landscapes of North Iceland and even of all Iceland.

The northern part is where the lava field of Eldhraun stretches out, however, the eastern side of the lake is the most famous by far. A series of great attractions can be found here, including the promontory of Höfði in the southeastern corner of the lake. This is a tiny and pretty plot of land, a sort of peninsula, where bird lovers will find a true heaven. And in its southern part, at Kálfaströnd, the lake shows all its beauty off and suggesting klastar, lava pillars, rise over the water giving the landscape an even more surrealist look.

The southern shore of Mývatn is where the astonishing pseudo-craters are most easily accessible. At Skútustaðagígar, a short circular trail, is a unique chance to take a stroll and have a close look at these grassy bowls which were created 2.300 years ago when explosions caused by steam and gas and lava flowed above ground and hit the surface of the wetland. The pond at the center of the semicircular Skútustaðagígar, Stakhólstjörn, houses several colonies of water birds during the nesting season.

On the western side of the lake, you can easily climb 529 meters Vindbelgjarfjall to conquer the highest point in the proximity of the lake and the most stunning panorama view.

Nearest town: Mývatn


GPS: N65° 38′ 30.298″ W16° 54′ 43.624″