Lava field, anyone? You may think you know Iceland, but then you visit the Mývatn region with craters, lava fields and formations, hot springs, and unique bird watching. The nature and the animal life here is unlike anything you will see in the rest of Iceland. Whether you visit in the Summer or Winter, the Mývatn region has adventure in store for you off the beaten track and at Hlíd we are happy to help you plan your days
Set down the pace and explore our nearby surroundings on a bicycle. Within a 5-10 km range, you’ll find the biggest pseudocraters in Iceland, the Höfði Lava formations and the 396 meter high tephra explosion crater, Hverfjall. Or maybe go see the Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum showcasing almost every breeding bird in Iceland. Or go swimming in the thermal Mývatn Nature Baths. Add to that local cafes and even pizza with smoked trout from Lake Mývatn. Yes – a day on the bicycle in a slow pace is a true adventure – just around the corner. We’ll provide the bikes.
Capital of Northern Lights
Mývatn offers a unique natural environment. With large contrasts and short distances, you can experience the most and the best that Iceland has to offer.
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Mýflug air has been offering sightseeing flights from Mývatn airport over northern Iceland since 1985. Get another perspective on Icelands nature by looking at it from above.
Mývatn Nature Baths
Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience
Hverir – Mud pots
At this area, also known as Hverir, you will see many smoking fumaroles and boiling mud pots, surrounded by sulphur crystals of many different colours. This sulphur gives the area an overwhelming smell of egg.
Hotel Laxá has an on-site restaurant, Eldey, the name is comes from one of the islands of Lake Mývatn. Good food and drink, good service and beautiful surroundings create an unforgettable evening.
Hverfjall is 396 meter (1,300 ft) high tephra explosion crater. It is located near the eastern shore of Lake Myvatn in North Iceland. Resembling a black ash cone of mammoth proportions, you can walk up the steep slopes and around the crater’s rim for otherworldly and awesome view of the surrounding landscape
Dimmuborgir is a magnificent lava landscape with extraordinary formations, columns, caves, and arches created by the flow of a lava lake over a marshy area some 2300 years ago.
Höfði – Lava formations
Höfði is a beautiful recreational area on the east shore of the Lake Mývatn. Thousands, maybe dozen of thousand trees and the Kálfastrandavogar lava pillars makes this area so unique in Iceland.
The biggest pseudocraters in Iceland are the Skútustaðagígar pseudocraters in the Mývatn area in North-Iceland. They are amongst the many extraordinary sights of the Mývatn area, and one of the most interesting natural phenomena in Iceland.
Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum - Mývatn
The museum has about 330 stuffed birds and about 500 eggs. The gallery has 280 birds and 300 eggs on display. The museum has all Icelandic breeding birds except 2.
Café Kvika (Mývatn Nature Baths)
Our guests have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing, light lunch or dinner in our café. We offer both indoor and outdoor seating areas and we definitely recommend the outdoor area on sunny days, while enjoying the refreshments.
Inside the stable for the cows we also built a small cafe. If you visit our Vogafjos-Café you can see the cows through windows. It is also possible to taste the fresh, warm milk direct from the cows.
Daddi’s pizza is a small pizzeria, founded in 2009. We serve mouth-watering, delicious pizza from our secret recipe. Try the local topping – smoked trout from Lake Mývatn with cream cheese and pine nuts. A special culinary experience!
Fosshotel Mývatn Restaurant
Fosshotel Mývatn presents a stylish and contemporary restaurant with a beautiful view over lake Mývatn. The menu offers Nordic cuisine at its finest with top quality local ingredients from farmers and fishermen in North Iceland.
Mylla restaurant - Icelandair hotel Mývatn
Mylla restaurant is a modern, charming restaurant that offers delicious food and drinks in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Gamli Bærinn is as close as it gets to a country Tavern next to Icelandair Hotel Mývatn. Pub style meals in a cozy environment.
On our menu we have lamb- and goat meat, that we produce ourselves on our farm and the beef on the menu, we get from our neighbors in a local farm in Mývatn area. We also have a good selection of smaller dishes and pastries.
Day toursHiking amongst waterfalls and canyons, or a trip to volcanic craters and lakes – or maybe whale watching or bathing in some of Icelands most spectacular geothermal waters. Just pick your choice. Everything is within reach in a distance allowing day tours to become real adventures. Ask us for the best places to go in your particular season and we’ll be happy to help you plan.
The Diamond Circle
The Diamond Circle can be described as a magnificent circuit of 250km in the Northeast of Iceland, which includes some of the most stunning sights and spots for unearthly landscapes.
Askja is an enormous caldera and central volcano in the Dyngjufjöll mountains, north of Vatnajökull glacier. The caldera is a bedrock subsidence located above a massive magma chamber, and is still ‘in the making’.
GeoSea is not only a world-class geothermal bathing mecca — it is an experience that taps into the historical roots of a small fishing town in North Iceland that has harnessed the earth’s geothermal waters for centuries.
Experience the traditional tour from Húsavík. Our birthplace is often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea – watching the wonders of nature in the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay, sheltered by the stunning mountains of Vík.
The Dettifoss waterfall is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, 500 cubic meters of water per second plunge over the edge. Dettifoss is 45 m high and 100m wide. A nice hiking trail, 34km, goes along the canyon from Dettifoss to Asbyrgi. Camping is possible in Vesturdalur.
Ásbyrgi is one of the wonders of nature, a well-forested horse-shoe-shaped canyon in Öxarfjörður. Ásbyrgi is a part of Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, within the Vatnajökull National Park.
Krafla is a caldera, part of a greater volcanic system of the same name, located north of Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. It is one of the country’s most explosive volcanoes, having gone off approximately 29 times since the country was first settled.