LAKE MÝVATN IN WINTER

Lake Mývatn Winter Coach Tour, departing at 08:15. This winter tour to one of the most interesting spots in North Iceland focuses on the most attractive features of the Lake Mývatn area and its surroundings. The first stop is at Goðafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland.
From Goðafoss the tour continues through the valley of Reykjadalur to Skútustaðir in the Lake Mývatn district. We stop at Dimmuborgir, a lava maze of magnificent basalt pillars and lava sculptures. After a short walk in the park the tour continues through the lava field to Grjótagjá (road conditions permitting), which used to be a popular underground bathing cave among the locals before the Krafla Fires (1975-1984) when the water became too hot to bathe in.
We continue east over the Námaskarð mountain pass to the Krafla caldera (road conditions permitting). Along the way we pass a 60- MW geothermal power station that partly supplies the town of Akureyri with electricity. Our destination is the explosion crater of Viti (Hell) but its formation marked the beginning of the great Myvatn Fires in 1724. From Viti there is a good view over the geothermal zone of Leirhnjukur and the lava field formed in the Krafla Fires.
Next we explore the solfatara field of Hverir (Námaskarð) where ground water is heated  by an underground magma intrusion. Sulphur deposits are brought to the surface and the area is characterized by a strong smell of sulphur. After a short walk around the fumaroles and mud pits we head for the final destination of the tour, the Mývatn Nature Baths, where visitors get the chance to bathe in the silky smooth geothermal water (entrance fee to the pool not included, to be paid on the spot).
After the stop at the Nature Baths we drive back to Akureyri where estimated arrival time is around 17:00.


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