An unreal world of steam, lava and water
Private tour among the wonders of Mývatn area
Lake Mývatn and its surroundings feature some of the most spectacular and diverse environments of the country which can be equally enjoyed all year round. In summer and fall , the variety of colours is astonishing and becomes another attraction for the visitors, while, in winter and spring, the layer of white snow covering black lava creates a gloomy yet highly fascinating contrast.
Upon arrival in the area, the passenger inevitably focuses first on the lovely Laxá river on the left of the highway as we approache the clusters of pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, where a refreshing walk reveals these craters that look like real craters but they have never spewed forth anything, since they were created a few thousand years ago by sizzling hot lava flows into the lake, followed by steam explosions.
From there the tour leads to the unique Dimmuborgir lava formations and a brief visit to Grjótagjá, ensconced deep in the rocky rift formed by the two separating tectonic plates, thereafter to Námafjall with its boiling and bubbling solfatara or sulphur pits and then to Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum that proudly exhibits 180 bird species.
A visit to the Nature Baths is also an exhilarating and unforgettable experience that you will not want to miss (ticket not included).
Many of us recall that worldwide attention focused on the Mývatn district fifty years ago, when N. Armstrong and other Apollo astronauts studied its lunar aspects in the course of their training for the first manned flight to the Moon.
Optionally, it is possible to add to this day program the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, located in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, for a perfect combo of magnificent highlights. In such case, the itinerary in Mývatn area will be reconsidered.
Availability: All year round. Please note that the program might vary depending on the season chosen, due to road conditions and other circumstances.
Departure point options: Mývatnsstofa Visitor Centre. Pick up available in Húsavík or Akureyri, or at other locations, upon request.
Departure time: 9:00a.m. or any other agreed time.
Approx. duration of tour: 8 hours.
Included: private transportation and private experienced, English-speaking, guide for the duration of the tour, fuel, ticket for Sigurgeir’s Bird Centre.
Not included: food, drinks, entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths, anything else not specified as “Included”.
Note: this private tour is also available as 11-12 hours tour, until dinner time or for evening activities, such as northern lights hunting from October to April. Please contact us for special requests.
Bookings: For groups which size is 1 to 16, please use the form below. For larger groups, please contact us.