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Lake Myvatn

Mývatn is the 4th largest lake in Iceland, 37 km2 in area. Its shores are indented with many coves and inlets and its surface is dotted with around 50 small islets and skerries. Midges (Chironomidae) are abundant and the ubiquitous swarms of these tiny flies give the Lake its name.

The lake itself is very shallow, and the rays of the sun reach the lake bed over its entire surface. The ecology of the lake area is extremely diverse and interesting; one important characteristic of Mývatn, being the prolific growth and abundance of freshwater seaweed. On the bed of the lake are great quantities of diatoms, while, nearer the surface, Mývatn's famous arctic char weave their way between aquatic plants and little islets topped with fertile vegetation.

On and around the lake there is a teeming and varied birdlife, and Mývatn is the habitat of many kinds of lake and marsh birds. However, much of Mývatn's fame is due to the fact that, during summer, there are more different species of duck gathered on and around the lake than anywhere else in the world. Mývatn is a legally protected conservation area and appears on the register of internationally important wetlands, along with the Laxá river which flows out of the lake.

Lake Myvatn
GPS Points N65° 36' 29.855" W16° 59' 37.110"
Postal code

660

Road number

1

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Skútustaðir Farm Holidays
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Mývatnssveit
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4212
Dimmuborgir Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Geiteyjarströnd
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4210, 894-3042
Guesthouse Stöng
Guesthouses
  • Mývatnssveit
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4252, 896-6074
Vogahraun Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Vogar
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4399
Vogar
Guesthouses
  • Vogum
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4399
Guesthouse Eldá / Helluhraun / Birkihraun
Guesthouses
  • Helluhraun 15
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4220

Others

Guesthouse Stöng
Guesthouses
  • Mývatnssveit
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4252, 896-6074
Mýflug Air
Tour Operators
  • Reykjahlíð Airport
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4400
Safarihestar
Tour Operators
  • Álftagerði 3
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4203, 895-3308
Mývatnssveit Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Stekkholt
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 856-1159
Guesthouse Eldá / Helluhraun / Birkihraun
Guesthouses
  • Helluhraun 15
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4220
Hermann Valsson
Tour Operators
  • Helluhraun 14
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 894-5265, 517-5265

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri