Námafjall

At the foothills of this spectacular volcanic mountain is an expanse of hot springs called Hveraröndor Hverir that are known for their changing variety. You may also find a number of fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots that all seem to be boiling with relentless energy. The pass Námaskarð is strategically located at a short distance from the Krafla volcano system as well as other interesting geological spots like Búrfellshraun and the desert Mývatsöræfi.

Námaskarð earns its notoriety chiefly because of its sulphurous mud springs called solfataras and steam springs called fumaroles. Though you will scarcely find any pure water spring in this wonderful geothermal site of Iceland, the beauty of the colorful minerals defies all comparisons. The gigantic size of the mud craters is what makes you go 'wow' at the sight of them.

The other thing that is sure to strike you about Námaskarð is the sheer lack of vegetation. However, if you give a thought to the high temperature range, it does not appear an impossibility altogether. The constant emission of the fumes has made the ground utterly sterile and acidic, unfit to sustain any floras and faunas. You must bear in mind that the fumes can be harmful for humans as well.

Námafjall
GPS Points N65° 38' 24.784" W16° 49' 19.788"
Postal code

660

Road number

1

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Skútustaðir Farm Holidays
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  • Mývatnssveit
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4212
Guesthouse Eldá / Helluhraun / Birkihraun
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  • Helluhraun 15
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4220
Dimmuborgir Guesthouse
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  • Geiteyjarströnd 1
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4210, 894-3042
Ferðaþjónustan Bjargi
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  • Bjarg
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4240

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Ferðaþjónustan Bjargi
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  • Bjarg
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4240
Guesthouse Eldá / Helluhraun / Birkihraun
Guesthouses
  • Helluhraun 15
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4220
Mývatnssveit Golf club
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  • Stekkholt
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 856-1159
Myvatn Marathon
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  • Hlíðavegur 6
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 867-8723
Safarihestar
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  • Álftagerði 3
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4203 , 864-1121
Mýflug Air
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  • Reykjahlíð Airport
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4400