Distance from Akureyri: 97 km
Approximate travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes
The lake is an area of active volcanism that has shaped the landscape which is often described being on another planet. This is especially true for Lake Mývatn and its surroundings. Mývatn is the fourth largest lake in Iceland, covering 36.5 square kilometers or approximately 14 square miles. It is situated at 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, very indented and with more than 40 small islands. Mývatn is shallow, with a maximum depth of only about 4 meters. The Mývatn area is home to more species of ducks than any other place on earth, with a very diverse bird life in general. Mývatn’s natural beauty is unique and unparalleled. A large stream of travelers visits Mývatn in the summer, but many believe the lake and its surroundings to be no less impressive in the wintertime. A few places around Mývatn have a particular attraction for travelers, such as the pseudo-craters around Skútustaðirv the strange formations of Dimmuborgirv Grjótagjá cavev Myvatn Nature Bathv Hverir geothermal field east of Námaskarð ridge Viti crater with a green lake inside of it Leirhnjúkur lava field/Krafla caldera.
If you want to learn more about Mývatn region, please look at: www.visitmyvatn.is.