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Now this area in Iceland is absolutely amazing and should not be missed while visiting the country. The Mývatn area is called Mývatnssveit, but we Icelanders always refer to it as going to Mývatn.

In Mývatn you can see awesome mud pools by Mt. Nŕmafjall and visit Hells kitchen. Hike in the mud pool area of Leirhnjukur by the Krafla volcano. Walk by a crater filled with water, called Viti or Hell. Walk on pseudo craters by Skutustadagigar, see beautiful lava pillars by Lake Mývatn. Walk through amazing lava formations in Dimmuborgir - Dark Fortress, bathe in the geothermal lagoon called The Blue lagoon of the North. See the place where the lava flood stopped right by a church. Camp in a lava field, hike on Mt. Hverfjall and many, many more things.

A highly recommended area to visit while in Iceland.


There are 2 amazing mud pool areas in Mývatn.

Námafjall is on ring-road one just by the road in the Krafla and Mývatn area in N-Iceland. It is a high-temperature geothermal area with fumaroles and boiling mud pools. As is characteristic for other hot spring areas there is a hot spring smell at Námafjall which is caused by the steam and the fumarole gas, such as hydrogen sulfide. The sulphur fumes can overwhelm you at times there, especially when the wind is strong. Try to stay up wind as this can be toxic and can give you a bad headache and nausea. This area in Námaskarđ has often been called "eldhús djöfulsins" or "Hell's (The Devil's) kitchen" because of the sulphur smell and the boiling mud pools all around you. You will understand this comparison when visiting this place.

Námafjall is located by ring-road one just behind Mývatn. Right on the other side of Námafjall is the Blue lagoon of the north. This is an extremely volcanic area with Mt. Krafla just a few kilometres away where the last volcanic eruption took place in 1984.

There is another mud pool area at Mývatn called Leirhnjúkur area, which is really like stepping into another world, there are big contrasts and a lot of colours. There are several walking-paths in the Leirhnjúkur area and you feel like you might be walking on the moon or in another world. Stay on the paths as it is bubbling and boiling all around you and the area beneath is extremely hot and dangerous. As you walk in the Leirhnjúkur area you encounter boiling mud-pots, lava formations, hot-springs inside the lava, extraordinary colourful hills and mountains. Here is socalled Gjástykki, where the tectonic plates drifted apart with the volcanic eruption in the middle, so on one side there is America and on one side there is Europe. But here there is new lava, not like in Ţingvellir national park where you can also see the tectonic plates.

Here is a driving range for astronauts going to Mars, pretty much like Askja was chosen as a driving range in 1967 for astronauts going to the Moon .


Lake Mývatn is Iceland's 4th largest lake and was created in a basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and the surrounding landscape in the Mývatn area is extraordinary.

There are so many wonderful lava formations in this area, including the lava pillars by and in Lake Mývatn.

There is a very diverse waterbird-live here, including at least 15 species of ducks, and nowhere else on earth are there as many duck-species than in Mývatn

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    Lots of beautiful scenery here, just what I like! Thanks for the excellent page and photos:)

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jul 29, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      Thanks for visiting my page and for your lovely comments, Dee - cannot wait to visit it again in a week's time.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jul 29, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      Lucky you!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    The volcanic pillars are fantastic. Lake Mývatn memorial is so lovely and solemn. Excellent page Regina!

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Some very impressive areas indeed.

  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    There is a smilar area California called Lassen National Park. It also has cinder cones, geothermal areas, and a lava lake.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Aug 19, 2014 at 3:33 AM

      I will for sure visit it if I ever visit California. Yes, I saw photos of Butte Lake and Cinder Cone, beautiful :)

    • briantravelman's Profile Photo
      Aug 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Butte Lake and Cinder Cone is my favorite area of the park, because it's not as touristy as the other areas of the park.
      But I see you have a lot of cinder cones in Iceland, and I think some of them are active. Those things are a nightmare to climb though.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    What a fascinating place! It is definitely a place i want to visit, and I enjoyed the tips (reading them have made my train journey very short).

  • vaibhavshetty's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    My favourite place in Iceland...especially Mt. Krafla

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Beautiful photos and great tips of this northern area of Iceland, Regina. It looks like a different planet with all the lava formations and vivid colours! The only downside is those annoying midges!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Regina, outstanding photos and very interesting info on this page. I didn't know that these sulphur fumes are so dangerous. I also like the moss balls. German caravans seem to be everywhere all around Europe.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Regina, I see you have been updating this impressive page. It?s good that there is a geothermal power station to make use of some of the awesome energy in this area.

  • maple_air's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Your pages are a fountain of knowledge. I' m learning a lot, i'm looking out for our next destination . We went as far as Jokulsarlon last year, maybe we can venture up North this year. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Feb 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Thanks, the Mývatn area is amazing, one of my favourite places in Iceland. I hope you will be able to visit the North :)


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