The best places to visit around Lake Myvatn, Iceland

The whole area around Lake Myvatn is a hotspot for volcanic activity.

Here are some of the best places to visit.

Namaskard Geothermal Area

A fascinating area with fumaroles, sulphurous mud pools and screeching steam vents.  There is a marked trail and boardwalks, which you should not stray from for safety reasons.  Be prepared for the stench of hydrogen sulphide!

Fumarole at Namafjall

Impressive fumarole in the Namaskard geothermal area

Mud pool near Krafla, Iceland

Bubbling mud pool

Steam Vent at Namaskard Geothermal Area, Iceland

Steam vent at Namaskard Geothermal Area (it sounded like a pressure cooker!)

Namaskard , Iceland

Namaskard (photo obtained from


This is the site of the recent Krafla fires (1977-1984).  The area has recent lava flows, sulphurous steam vents, mud pools, hot springs and an explosion crater.  There is also a geothermal power plant with a visitor centre.

Fumaroles, Iceland

Fumaroles and hot springs

Krafla Fires (1984). (Photo from Global Volcanism Program)


This conical volcano is quite easy to climb, and you can walk around the impressive crater rim.  There are fantastic views, both into the crater and of the surrounding landscape.  Fortunately access into the crater is no longer allowed, so you will not be able to add to the graffiti!

Crater at Hverfjall, Iceland

Looking into the crater at Hverfjall


An area of unusual contorted lava formations including arches, caves, keyholes (like the one in the photo), towers and pillars.  There are marked paths around the site.

Keyhole feature at Dimmuborgir, Iceland

Keyhole lava formation at Dimmuborgir

Lake Myvatn shore

The lake itself is beautiful to walk beside or drive around, with clusters of pseudocraters, stack-like formations, hot springs and in summer thousands of wildfowl.

Lake Myvatn, Iceland

Lake Myvatn with pseudocraters (photo obtained from


These are just a few suggestions.  There is so much to explore in this lovely area that you will definitely want to stay a while.

For more information and more special places to visit see Iceland – A Magical Journey Around the Ring Road.
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