MYVATN AREA EXPLORING
Lake Mývatn is also one of the wonders if Iceland. It is a unique natural environment created in a lava eruption 2300 years ago. Here you can find geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming waters, blue waters, big rock formations, unique, and fauna. During the day, we go for visits in the area to the following places Hverir, Grjótagjá, Dimmuborgir, Krafla power station and at the end of the day we take you to the Green lagoon for a relaxing time in the natural baths.
If you participate in one of the workcamps you have the possibility to sign up for for this excursion. This will take place in one of the days during the work camp. Your leaders can answer all your questions and will take care to plan it in the schedule.
WHAT YOU WILL VISIT:
Dettifoss is a waterfall found in North Iceland, said to be the most powerful in Europe. Dettifoss is fed by the powerful glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum which flows from the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. The thunderous falls has an average waterflow of 193 metres cubed per second (6,186 cubic feet). It is 100 metres (330 feet) wide and plummets 45 metres (150 feet) down into Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. This canyon is in the northern part of the greater Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in the country, thus Dettifoss is well protected.
Krafla is a volcanic caldera of about 10 km in diameter with a 90 km long fissure zone, in the north of Iceland in the Mývatn region. Its highest peak reaches up to 818 m and it is 2 km in depth. There have been 29 reported eruptions in recorded history.
Since 1977, surprisingly established during an eruptive episode, a power station has existed at Krafla, helping the north with its green energy needs. Since then, there have been further attempts to harness its incredible power potential.
The most notable of these was a survey taken in 2006 that revealed a vast amount of lava just below the surface of the earth. This led to the creation of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project’s first well, which discovered liquid rock a mere two kilometres (just over a mile) beneath the earth’s surface.
Námafjall is a geothermal area located east of Lake Myvatn, looking like a mixture of an alien landscape and the Hell from Dante’s Inferno. Located at the base of a towering volcanic mountain, this site features a large collection of boiling mud pots and steam springs called fumaroles, which are openings in the ground that emit sulfurous gases.
4. Grjotagja caves
Grjótagjá is a small lava cave near lake Mývatn in Iceland. It has a thermal spring inside. In early 18th century the outlaw Jón Markússon lived there and used the cave for bathing. Until the 1970s Grjótagjá was a popular bathing site. Iceland’s beautiful Grjotagja Cave was made famous in 2013 when it was visited by Jon Snow and Ygritte in an episode of Game of Thrones.
Dimmuborgir; pronounced is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn in Iceland. The Dimmuborgir area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel. The dramatic structures are one of Iceland’s most popular natural tourist attractions.
6. Green lagoon * Extra Fee 30 euro *
Mývatn Nature Baths also called the Green Lagoon, is the second most famous hot springs on Iceland where you can bathe. Its the the sister of the bleu lagoon.
PRICE OF THE EXCURSION:
For this excursion, we ask an extra fee of 100 euro + optional 30 euro for the Green Lagoon. This is to pay for the fuel, driver, parking, etc.
NICE TO KNOW:
Iceland is a place where the weather can change every 5 minutes.
- Hiking boots are recommended because the weather can change very fast its possible it’s muddy at some places.
- Bring a raincoat it can be windy and cold at the waterfall.
- In case of heavy rain or strong wind, the places of interest can be reduced. (The decision is up to the driver’s keeping your safety in mind)