Attractions

Top Choice Natural Feature in Eastern Mývatn

Dimmuborgir

The giant jagged lava field at Dimmuborgir (literally ‘Dark Castles’) is one of the most fascinating flows in the country. A series of nontaxing, colour-coded walking trails runs through the easily anthropomorphised…
Top Choice Cave in Eastern Mývatn

Lofthellir

The dramatic lava cave at Lofthellir is a stunning destination, with magnificent natural ice sculptures dominating the interior. Although it's one of Mývatn’s highlights, the cave is on private property and can only…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Eastern Mývatn

Hverfjall

Dominating the lava fields on the eastern edge of Mývatn is the classic tephra ring Hverfjall (also called Hverfell). This near-symmetrical crater appeared 2700 years ago in a cataclysmic eruption. Rising 452m from …
Park in Eastern Mývatn

Höfði

One of the area’s gentlest landscapes is on the forested lava headland at Höfði. Wildflowers, birch and spruce trees cover the bluffs, while the tiny islands and crystal-clear waters attract migratory birds.From foo…
Cave in Eastern Mývatn

Grjótagjá

Game of Thrones fans may recognise this as the place where Jon Snow is, ahem, deflowered by Ygritte. Grjótagjá is a gaping fissure with a 45°C water-filled cave. It's on private property – it's prohibited to bathe h…
Cave in Eastern Mývatn

Stóragjá

Signposted about 100m beyond Reykjahlíð is Stóragjá, a rather eerie fissure (slightly tricky to access) that was once a popular bathing spot. Cooling water temperatures (currently about 28°C) and the growth of poten…