Top 10 Budget-friendly Things to do in Lake Myvatn, Northeast Region

May 22, 2022 Natalie Tallman

Discover the best top things to do in Lake Myvatn, Iceland including Aldeyjarfoss, Lake Myvatn, Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), Dettifoss Waterfall, Krafla Lava Fields, Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, Hverir, Namafjall, Hverfjall, Hofdi.
Restaurants in Lake Myvatn

1. Aldeyjarfoss

Eyjafjaroarsveit, Lake Myvatn Iceland http://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/regina/the-extraordinary-aldeyjarfoss-waterfall-in-north-iceland-in-beautiful-basalt-column-settings-2
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
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5.0 based on 51 reviews

Aldeyjarfoss

Reviewed By Haloof - Province of Bergamo, Italy

If you have a 4wheel drive you can get directly there ,otherwise you have to walk for few kilometers or hope that someone gives you a lift. It was a cloudy day and no one was there, exept for a couple which we given a ride. A short walk to get there from the parking,a lovely view of the river before seeing the waterfall. You see it from a high point of view , but if you want you can walk down and climb a bit,beware because it could be a bit dangerous. The waterfall il very nice,you can see the falling water swell by the power of the current .

2. Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn Iceland
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,079 reviews

Lake Myvatn

Reviewed By Tissa010 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Very diverse area in the north of Iceland. You can easily spend aroun 3 days here going to the different sights around the lake, the lagoon for a swim, whale watching in Husavik and other sights in the area.

3. Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn)

Jardbadsholum, Lake Myvatn Iceland +354 464 4411 [email protected] http://www.jardbodin.is
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 2,617 reviews

Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn)

Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 metres.Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms, the warm, soothing waters of Mývatn Nature Baths are beneficial to skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of wellbeing which lingers on as a lasting memory of your visit to this spellbinding area at Europe´s outer limits.Facilities on offer include a reception area and restaurant seating 120 guests, changing rooms and showers for up to 300 guests, two natural steam baths accommodating up to 50 bathers at a time, and a 5000m2 geothermal bathing pool maintained at a constant temperature of 38-40ºC.

Reviewed By 2morrows - Port Coquitlam, Canada

The Myvatn nature Baths are set in an outdoor area with hot springs contained in naturally landscaped areas where one can enjoy the baths and the scenery. They are very reasonable priced compared to the Blue Lagoon, not in a man made setting and much less crowded. They include changing rooms, showers, sauna, geothermal pools and a nice restaurant with a viewing area to eat and relax upstairs with a good view of the pools.

4. Dettifoss Waterfall

Lake Myvatn Iceland http://www.visiticeland.com/plan-your-trip/travel-search/Details/dettifoss-waterfall?type=place
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 2,217 reviews

Dettifoss Waterfall

Reviewed By TonySwiss

One of the main attractions of the Mvatn area, this waterfall is 100 meters across, half as high, and one of the highest-volume in Europe. That said, it is not one of my absolute favourites as it is about massive power rather than good looks. Get there in the morning and a rainbow (or more than one) arches over the river downstream of the falls. There are extensive paths so you can view from different angles. If you have time, drive the gravel road 864 to see the falls from the other side of the river too; this gives you the bonus of a wonderful view down the Asbyrgi canyon.

5. Krafla Lava Fields

Route 863, Lake Myvatn Iceland http://www.visitmyvatn.is
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 742 reviews

Krafla Lava Fields

Reviewed By Tjalling01 - Groningen, The Netherlands

We, family of 4 with two young kids, had a great walk in this awesome lava field. Part of the walk is easily accessible, if you want to take the bigger loop it becomes more adventurous. Highly recommended.

6. Sigurgeirs Bird Museum

Ytri-Nesloend, Reykjahlid, Lake Myvatn 660 Iceland +354 464 4477 [email protected] http://www.fuglasafn.is
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Sigurgeirs Bird Museum

Reviewed By SESNoVA - Annandale, United States

This small museum has carefully mounted birds from all over Iceland. A great spot to see how many you've already identified as well as to figure out what those little birds in the lake as you entered the museum were (phalaropes).

7. Hverir

Ne-2 660, Lake Myvatn Iceland
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1,071 reviews

Hverir

Reviewed By skyisblu - Montreal, Canada

This is an amazing view of the power of the geothermal energy coursing below the surface of the earth. Bubbling mud pots and steaming fumaroles dot the yellow and white-stained landscape, and the walking trails weaving ever-so-close, affording some very interesting views. Yes the smell is impressive, but it's not as horrible as some make it out to be, unless you stick your face into the vents on the near side of the site(you'll know them when you see them). The mountain at the back of the site has a small trail, but the initial climb up is very steep, so be warned. Otherwise, this is an awesome place just to wander and explore. There is plenty of parking right off the Ring Road, but no other services to speak of. However, you are about a 5-minute drive from Lake Myvatn and Reykjahlid, where there are plenty of places to stop, so no worries.

8. Namafjall

Hverarond, Lake Myvatn Iceland http://www.northiceland.is/en/other/place/namafjall
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 817 reviews

Namafjall

Reviewed By JobeeMom - Toronto, Canada

Iceland is full of natural wonders and surprises. As we travelled east on highway #1 from Lake Myvatn, once we passed by Mt. Namafjall, the road suddenly opened up into a totally different world. It’s hard to believe that the landscape can change so drastically within a 10-minute drive. Moments ago we’re still in cottage-country like Lake Myvatn. And now we’re in some alien planet with bubbling mud pools, hissing fumaroles, cracked grounds with various colours of mineral deposits, and a rotten smell. Namafjall is located by the Ring Road with a large parking lot – very easy to visit. The landscape is so unusual and the smell so strong you won’t miss it. We arrived late afternoon and there’s no tour bus around; only a dozen of cars. We spent half an hour walking the area and snapping pictures. There are no marked trails. Just stay away from the roped off areas due to the dangerously high temperatures. I also tried covering my nose with a scarf as the fumes can be irritating and harmful. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this surreal place.

9. Hverfjall

Road 1, Lake Myvatn Iceland
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 519 reviews

Hverfjall

Reviewed By RMS6400 - Surrey, United Kingdom

The walk around this crater starts with a short climb up from the car park which is rewarded by an amazing view into the crater and equally stunning views across the landscape with the huge Lake Myvatn in center stage. Great start to our day here.

10. Hofdi

Lake Myvatn 660 Iceland http://www.northiceland.is/whattoseedo/viewattraction/hofdi
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Hofdi

Reviewed By Ch00klady - Western Australia, Australia

What an utterly beautiful, amazing place! Even in the changing landscape of Iceland, this place is unique in its own right. As we walked through a little silver birch forest, marvelling at its gentle glow in the setting sun, the lake suddenly appeared in front of us with its unusal rock formations, looking like they had been sculpted by a giant's hand. A circular walk led us past many picturesque spots, well worth the visit. To think we nearly missed the place!

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