Lake Myvatn is the country's fourth largest natural lake. It abounds in lake char and is netted
by the farmers during summer and ice fishing is practiced in winter. The lake area is known world wide for its
exceptionally many breeding duck species (15-16) and the abundance of other avifauna.
The lake's surroundings show such variety in landscapes and amazing geological
formations, that the visitors have to spend several days there to enjoy them fully. This
area is extremely volcanic. Nine eruptions took place there during the period
1975-1984 and the continental drift was measured 4,8 m.
This show of nature's immense power gave the
scientist the first real opportunity to study the plate tectonics on dry land. There are
two hamlets on the lake, Skutustadir and Reykjahlid. Both offer good restaurants,
accommodations, bike rentals, car rentals, grocery
shops, swimming pools, petrol stations with car washes and a variety of
sightseeing possibilities. Further information on the lake on the Angling Site.
The distance from the
capital to Reykjahlid is 494 km and to Skutustadir 478 km.
establishment of Europe's largest national park, Vatnajokull, on June
7th, 2008, Myvatn became one of its visitors' centres.
Akureyri 99 km,
54 km <Myvatn>
Hrossaborg 43 km, Egilsstadir 165 km, Herdubreidarlindir
via (F-88) 103 km. Kverkfjoll
155 km (via Herdubreidarlindir 165 km). Kidagil
106 km (Via The
Sprengisandur Route) from Reykjahlid.