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Lake Mývatn Tours

Lake Mývatn
Overview
Formed by a massive volcanic eruption more than two millennia ago—and surrounded by surreal lava formations, mud pots, volcanic craters, and steaming fumaroles—Lake Mývatn remains geothermally active. The lake’s name comes from the swarming midges that fuel the local bird population.

The Basics
The country’s fourth largest lake, Mývatn is a popular stop on any North Iceland road trip. Full-day tours of the lake depart from Akureyri and often include highlights like the Hverir Mud Pools, Grjótagjá Rift, and Dimmuborgir Lava Fields—many also visit the impressive Godafoss Waterfall en route. Guided trips along the Diamond Circle usually include the lake, as do most multi-day excursions around the island’s Ring Road.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • In summer, take insect repellent and a head net to protect yourself from midges.
  • Protect the local flora and fauna by sticking to established pathways and trails.  
  • The town of Reykjahlíð on the lake has a gas station, bank, supermarket, and public swimming pool.
How to Get There
Lake Mývatn is around 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Reykjavík along the Ring Road, which typically stays open year-round—the drive takes between six and seven hours, depending on the weather. From Akureyri, the drive along Route 1 takes just over an hour. Alternatively, you can get there on bus 56.

When to Get There
Each season on Mývatn offers a completely different set of adventures. Go in summer to see birds and vibrant colors—or in winter to spot the northern lights and marvel at shades of white and blue as parts of the lake freeze over.

Bird-Watching at Lake Mývatn
Home to approximately 115 species of birds (including about 28 species of ducks), Mývatn is one of the world’s top pilgrimage sites for bird lovers. On the shores of the lake, Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum showcases hundreds of stuffed specimens, along with an aviary and an extensive collection of eggs.

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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Mývatn

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Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri

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Explore the natural wonders of Northern Iceland on this full-day tour from Akureyri. Enjoy spectacular views of Godafoss waterfall, then visit Lake Myvatn and enjoy free time to soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths (entrance fees not included). Along the way, marvel at natural wonders including the Dimmuborgir Lava formations and Hverir mud pools, visit Grotcaja cave, and see filming sites from hit TV show Game of Thrones.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

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Get a firsthand look at the wild beauty of Lake Mývatn on an full-day tour from Akureyri. Learn about the geology, geothermal activity, flora, and fauna of the area from your guide as you travel. Visit Goðafoss Waterfall and the Mývatn Nature Baths (entrance included). Hotel pickup and drop-off provided.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri

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Discover the Natural Wonders of Lake Myvan, Nature Baths, Goddafoss waterfall AND the spectacular Dettifoss waterfall all in one day on this popular and great value tour with an experienced local guide. We set off from Akureryi stopping at the beautiful Godafoss waterfall also known as 'The Waterfall of the Gods' and then onto the famous Lake Myvatn. In Lake Myvatn we visit popular destinations including the Myvatn Nature baths, a geothermal lagoon with mineral rich water in the middle of lava fields, Skútustaðagígar, the psuedocrater area, with stunning views of the Lake Myvatn area, the Dimmuborgir Lava formations also known as 'The Dark Castle', Game of thrones filming locations, the Mount Námafjall area where you can view the bubbling Hverir Mud pools and Natural steam vents/fumaroles and also the Grjotagja rift and cave. We also visit Dettifoss waterfall, Europes most powerful waterfall (conditions dependant). *Please note the entrance fee to the Nautre Baths is not included*
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small Group TourDay Trips

Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small Group Tour

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North Iceland boasts many natural wonders, including lava formations, waterfalls, thermal pools, and more. This small-group tour from Akureyi covers the best in a convenient day trip, including an optional swim at Myvatn Nature Baths. Marvel at the waterfalls at Godafoss, Dettifoss, and Selfoss; view Lake Myvatn, hot springs, and the Dimmuborgir lava fields, and then choose to bathe in the naturally heated Myvtan baths. Hotel and airport pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Diamond Circle, Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from AkureyriDay Trips

Diamond Circle, Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri

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If you only have time for one day trip from Akureyri, make it a tour of the Diamond Circle, a circuit that takes in some of North Iceland’s most impressive natural wonders. This full-day small-group tour visits the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, the Hverir hot springs, Lake Mývatn, and the Víti crater. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond CircleAir Tours

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle

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There are few better ways to admire the striking landscapes of north Iceland's Diamond Circle than from the sky. During this flight from Akureyri, you’ll enjoy aerial views of world-renowned natural landmarks including Lake Myvatn, Godafoss, and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. See, too, the visionary tableau of Vatnajökull National Park and relish the intimate atmosphere of this small-group tour, limited to only seven guests.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lofthellir Ice Cave from AkureyriDay Trips

Lofthellir Ice Cave from Akureyri

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Explore a magnificent subterranean world of ice crystals and rock formations with a full-day tour to Iceland’s Lofthellir cave. Journey off-road from Akureyri through remote volcanic fields and see natural attractions like Lake Mývatn, Mt Hverfell and the crater row of Lúdentarborgir along the way. Descend into the cave at the base of a mountain, and wander through its jagged, icy caverns while your expert guide shares the story of its formation. Numbers are limited to 10 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri

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Leave driving and tackling difficult road conditions to the experts, and get off the beaten track on this tour from Akureyri to Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. In a small group, head first for Lake Mývatn then to Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river, where a mass of water, mud, and sand rumbles into a canyon from Vatnajökull Glacier. Upon arrival, enjoy excellent views of Dettifoss, as well as adjacent Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss waterfalls.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Arctic Fox Travel Dettifoss lake Mývatn winter private super jeep tourDay Trips

Arctic Fox Travel Dettifoss lake Mývatn winter private super jeep tour

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Explore the highlights of northern Iceland without the crowds on this private guided tour. Starting in Akureyri, head for the teeming Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Mývatn, before continuing on to Europe's largest waterfall Dettifoss.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from AkureyriDay Trips

4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri

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Of all the natural jewels in northern Iceland, see the ones that most interest you on a customizable private day trip from Akureyri for up to eight people. Travel by 4x4 vehicle to waterfalls, craters, lakes and more, such as Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss or the Mývatn Nature Baths. With a guide, create an itinerary that suits you and your group.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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