Hlíð Mývatn Accommodation is your base camp for exploring Iceland off the beaten track. Though we are placed right in the middle of nowhere – og maybe especially for that reason – here’s a few tips and practical information. We want you to arrive safely and with no hassle.
We are located on the north shore of Lake Mývatn, just off route 1, in a nature reserve in Northeast Iceland approx. 50 km south of Húsavík and 85 km east of Akureyri.
You don’t get closer to Icelandic nature than this.
Hlíð Mývatn Accommodation and neighbouring Eldá Guesthouse is your base camp for exploring Iceland off the beaten track.
Here, we invite you to settle in at just the level of comfort that suits you and plan next day’s adventure. All the while you enjoy our unmatched views of the 300-year-old lava field in the beautiful Lake Mývatn nature reserve. Imagine being dumped right into the wild. But in a comfortable setting where you get a good night’s sleep.
This is what it’s like at Hlíð Mývatn Accommodation. So, set your muddy hiking boots aside and allow yourself to kick back and relax after a long day of exploring. Our accommodation options range from the no-nonsense campsite, where we invite you to pick your own spot, set up your tent, and settle into the most beautiful view of Lake Mývatn. Or step up your accommodation game and spend the night in our Aska cottage fully equipped with a double bed, kitchenette, bathroom, and a stunning view of the 300-year-old lava field to go with your morning coffee.
If you prefer a nice and warm bed, but don’t need your own private cabin, one of our cottages, mini cottages, apartments, guesthouse or our hostel, is just the right choice for you. All our accommodation offers have exceptional views as we are in the middle of a nature reserve and far away from everyday hustle. But we do have wifi, don’t worry.
Finally, Icelandic village life is also an option. Our Eldá guesthouse in Reykjahlíð is close to both local services and amenities and your Mývatn adventure.
Hlíð ferðaþjónusta, Hraunbrún
+354 899 6203
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.
The lake of midges
The name Mývatn comes from the huge numbers of midges – small mosquito-looking flies – to be found here in the summer. Twice a year there are big clouds of midges. It is spectacular, but don´t worry, they are harmless. And – just to avoid unnccessary worries – they are most of the time not a big issue at the camp site. If though, the midges should bother you we recommend to use a head net and some repellent (can be bought at the reception).
Icelandic tapwater is totally safe to drink!
The cold water comes directly from the underground springs. It is pure and perfectly suited for drinking. The hot water is geothermal water that comes from deep boreholes and has a slight natural smell of sulphur. It is excellent for bathing and washing. We recommend that you remove any jewellery before washing as it can tarnis and become dark.
Rent a bike
You can rent bikes for either one day or ½ a day. Maps with hiking and bike routes are available from our reception. A wonderfully scenic 37 km long country road runs around the lake, ideal for biking.