Mývatn Region in detail


Dangers & Annoyances

Mývatn’s name translates as 'Lake of Midges', and plague-like swarms of these small flies are a lasting memory for many summer visitors. As infuriating as they can be, these midges are a vital food source for wildlife.

If they bother you, wear a head net (which you can buy at the supermarket in Reykjahlíð, and elsewhere) – then splash on the repellent and pray for a good wind to send the little blighters diving.

Tourist Information

Mývatnsstofa Visitor Centre This well-informed centre in Reykjahlíð (by the supermarket) has good displays on the local geology and park rangers to advise on local sights. Pick up a copy of the useful Mývatn map, which gives a decent overview of hiking trails in the area (though it's not to scale).

All tours and buses leave from the car park here.