The short journey from the northern city of Akureyri to Lake Myvatn is about 45 miles (73 km) on Iceland’s famous Ring Road (Route 1). Self-driving would present the most flexible option for travelers that would like to explore the geothermal area on their own. However, it is possible to take a day tour from Akureyri either in a group setting or by hiring a private driver.
Travelers heading to the Lake Myvatn area can look forward to soaking in the well-known hot springs of the north, viewing the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters and several other highlights in the region. On the way, Godafoss waterfall is a wonder to behold about halfway between Akureyri and Lake Myvatn, making it a great mid-way stop.
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Duration: 1-3 hours
While the drive to Lake Myvatn will only take an hour via the Ring Road (Route 1), travelers may want to stop along the way. Watch mist rise above the "waterfall of the Gods," Godafoss. This stop is right off Route 1 and visitors can choose to take it in from viewpoints, or hike around for various perspectives.
After experiencing the Jardbodin nature baths, you can hike around the Dimmuborgir rock formations on the east side of the lake, trek up Hverfjall (Crater Mountain), and explore Grjótagjá, a hot spring cave.
In the winter months, dogsledding around Lake Mytvan is also an option. Venturing just a bit to the northeast, you can expect to see Víti in Krafla, a bright turquoise lake at the bottom of a crater near the surrounding volcanoes.
By Private or Group Tour
Duration: 8-10 hours
It is possible to join one of the many group tours departing from Akureyri for a full day of planned activities in Lake Myvatn. Travelers that would like to do a private day tour can choose that option as well.