Introducing Mývatn Region
Mývatn is the calm, shallow lake at the heart of a volatile volcanic area. Nature’s violent masterpieces are everywhere crazy-coloured mud pots, huge craters, and still-smouldering eruption debris. Once you’ve had your fill of all the explosive horror, mellow out with cycle rides, bird-watching (geese, Arctic terns, golden plovers, ducks and swans can be seen) and with a bathe in the north’s version of the Blue Lagoon.
Reykjahlíð (population 208), at the northern end of the lake, is more an assortment of accommodation than a true town, but it makes the best base (Skútustaðir, at the southern end, also has summer facilities). The tourist office (
The down side to Mývatn (Midge Lake) are the dense midge clouds that appear in summer: on the bright side, they don’t bite! Also, if hiking, keep a look out for deep fissures, especially if you are travelling with children.