As I’m spending 2 months Living in Akureyri, North Iceland, I was really excited to take a trip to Myvatn which is about 91km east. So a month into my stay I finally rented out a car and went off for the day. Driving in Iceland is very different to driving in the UK. First they drive on the other side of the road, something I haven’t done before, and second the weather was going to make to even more difficult for me. Luckily the Weather was really good for February so it was a smooth drive there. But unfortunately the weather when I got there wasn’t on my side. It was so windy that I was so difficult to so as much as I wanted. But I didn’t let that bother me to much and I still got to saw some amazing things.
If your thinking of doing this yourself I would recommend getting a car. Its so much cheaper than the day trips that they offer and getting a bus would restrict you so much. Renting a car your have the freedom to do what you want and stop for photos along the way which there are lots of opportunities for.
There are many places to stop around the lake which make it good for pictures. Theres also lots of places to hike but I didn’t bother with that, as I didn’t have the time. If you do like hiking though it’s worth doing your research because theres is so many places that you can hike in Myvatn. There are so many beautiful views around the lake so make sure you stop at every opportunity you can to take in the views.
This is such a tiny cave. but its so nice to visit. There are two entrances and the water inside in warm, which makes the caves steam up which made for some eerie photos. Its every small though so if theres a few people there it can be hard to get in and have a good look. But its wasn’t to busy when I went and people didn’t really spend to long in there.
Myvatn Nature Baths
I was excited to visit the Myvatn Nature Baths as it seemed like it was the blue Lagoon of north Iceland. I haven’t been to the blue Lagoon yet so cant compare but The Myvatn Nature baths were very quiet, something I can’t imagine the Blue Lagoon being. Although unfortunately with the weather not being on my side this effected the temperature of the pools. But it was still a really nice pool with some wonderful views.
This is an area filled with pools of boiling mud and hot springs. I actually just drove past this and stopped to have a look and I’m glad I did because it was so different compared to anything else I’ve seen so far in Iceland.
If your going to or from Akureyri, this waterfall Is about halfway so is a nice extra stop to make on your trip.
There is so much to do In Myvatn so this is only a few of the things that you can do if you go. I would love to go back and spend more time there.
Have you had a chance to go?