Today you will have time to explore the marvels of the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Myvatn is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas, known for its volcanic activity and wealth of bird life. One of its main attractions is the Námaskarð, a geothermal area with bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents.
East of Lake Mývatn, Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields; it's composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations. The lava tubes were formed by lava flows from the eruption of the Lúdentsborgir and Þrengslaborgir craters some 2,300 years ago. The walking path through Dimmuborgir is about 1 kilometres or about 0.6 miles.
According to legend, 13 Yule lads (elves) live in Dimmuborgir, and 13 days before Christmas Eve, the Yule Lads, one after the other, come to town and put gifts into children shoes that have been placed on their windowsills.
Dimmuborgir means “dark cities” and, according to Icelandic folklore, the area is the connection between earth and hell and is thought to be where Satan landed when cast out from Heaven.
On the way to Akureyri a stop at the waterfall Godafoss (the fall of the gods) is a must.
Stay in the Akureyri Area.
Driving distance approx. 270km / 168 miles
- Lake Mývatn
- Godafoss Waterfall