Hotel Gígur - Keahotels

Hotel Gigur is situated in one of Iceland's most popular and beautiful tourist attractions, on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. Next to the hotel are the famous Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters which the hotel derives its name from (crater means gígur).

Hotel Gigur offers 37 comfortable rooms designed with a soft touch where nature´s color palette sets the tone. The rooms all have en suite bathrooms with walk in shower, hairdryer and complimentary WiFi.

At Hotel Gigur is a magnificent dining room with a wonderful view of the lake. The dining rooms can accommodate up to 150 persons and is therefor perfect for both big and small celebrations. From the dining room you can walk out to a patio where guests can sit down and relax after the days adventures.

Hotel Gígur - Keahotels

Skútustaðir Mývatn

GPS Points N65° 34' 7.845" W17° 2' 20.984"
Telephone

464-4455

Fax

464-4279

Accommodation 37 Rooms / 66 Beds
Opening period 01/05 - 30/09
Service Open in the summer Horse riding Member of SAF, The Icelandic Travel Association Smoking not allowed Place of interest Walking path Bird watching Viewing point Hotel / guesthouse Petrole station Restaurant Tourist information center Swimming pool Fishing permits Internet access Whale watching Snowcat trips Golf course Post office Bike rental Bank Tourist farm Airport Health service Credit cards accepted Bar
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Skútustaðagígar

Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters were formed by gas explosions, when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. The craters are a popular site for birdwatchers and are protected as a natural wetland conservation area.

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Mývatn area

Grjótagjá is a small cave in the Lake Mývatn area, and was a popular bathing place at one time. However, geological activity in the period 1975-1984, caused the temperature of the water in the cave's pool to rise to such a degree that it has not been possible to bathe there since. But one can always dream ... a peep into the waters and a fertile imagination could conjure up visions of taking a dip in this cosy little cave, as was the custom in the past.

Nature
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Lake Mývatn

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.

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Hverfjall

Hverfjall has a large, circular explosion crater, about 140 metres deep and with a diameter of 1,000 metres. Hverfjall is one of Iceland's most beautiful and symmetrical explosion craters, besides being one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is estimated that the crater was created during a volcanic explosion and its likely around 2800 - 2900 years old.

National Parks
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Myvatn Nature reserve

Lake Mývatn is a veritable paradise for birdwatchers and there is a highly diverse birdlife to be found both on the waters of the lake itself and on its shores. Many waders and marsh dwellers make their home there, but Mývatn is probably best known for its unique duck species composition. During the summer months there are more species of duck gathered in and around its waters than anywhere else on the planet. Mývatn and its wetlands are protected as a nature reserve (The Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area). It is registered as one of the internationally important wetlands, along with the Laxá river which flows out of the lake.

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The most famous of these formations is the cave "The Church", aptly named for its dome-like ceiling.

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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 colourful minerals defies all comparison. The gigantic size of the mud craters is what makes you go 'wow' at the sight of them.

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