Soak in the Amazing Scenery
Mývatn is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast, luring travelers with gorgeous hiking trails, rich bird life, activities along Lake Mývatn, and the soothing Mývatn Nature Baths. The region has been shaped over time by punishing volcanic eruptions and it’s the ideal place to soak in the rugged landscape, with its vast lava fields, gigantic craters, and towering mountains.
Bathe among striking nature
A perfect start to exploring the region is stopping by the Mývatn Nature Baths. The bathing experience is heavenly, as you soothe your skin and relax every square inch of your body. The views of the landscape are striking, with the volcanic crater of Hverfjall and the edge of Lake Mývatn in the background as well as nearby roaring waterfalls, volcanic craters, and black lava rock pillars.
A unique experience, great for your skin
The milky-blue water, which measures a deliciously warm 38°C, comes from the National Power Company’s borehole in Bjarnarflag. The water reaches a boiling temperature of 130°C when it arrives in the basin next to the lagoon, but it cools significantly before being filtered into the beautiful man-made hot spring. The bottom of the lagoon is covered by sand and contains a large quantity of minerals. Because of its chemical composition, vegetation and bacteria are not a problem. There is some sulfur in the water, which is beneficial for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, and the Nature Baths also have a natural steam bath that derives steam directly from the earth.
Numerous sightseeing opportunities
There is so much to see and do in the Mývatn region. After your time at the Nature Baths, jump into your rental car and discover Dimmuborgir, which comprises interesting rock formations jutting out of the ground, resembling a fort guarding an ancient city. The black lava pillars were born from a collapsed lava tube created by a large volcanic eruption more than 2,000 years ago. Also nearby are the Krafla lava fields, which are home to Víti, one of the best-known craters in Iceland. Víti is huge, about 300 meters in diameter, exposing interesting formations that resulted from lava flows and hydrologic forces. Meanwhile, Námaskarð is a big draw for tourists because of its sheer otherworldly atmosphere. The yellow and brown colors of the clay, along with the grey mud pools, make it look like a movie scene from another planet. A path loops around the region; be sure to stay on it for safety reasons, as the mud pools can reach temperatures of 100°C.
The Mývatn region is perfect for independent travelers who prefers to roam in their own time, and the Mývatn Nature Baths are simply a must when in the area. Experience the beauty of North Iceland and be sure to pre-book and stop by for one of the best bathing sites on the island.