The heavy volcanic activity in the region surrounding Lake Myvatn over the last few thousand years accounts for extraordinary and sometimes eerily beautiful land formations and geology. Dimmuborgir, on the east side of the lake, are a badlands of lava pillars, caves, rugged crags and towering rocks, some of which reach 20 meters (65 ft) in height, forming almost unearthly and alien castles and towers.

Dimmuborgir, which loosely translated means ‘dark castles,’ are thought to have been created about 2,300 years ago in the violent throes of an extensive volcanic eruption.

There are three different routes marked for walking in the labyrinth of ethereal lava formations which provide shelter for unexpectedly rich vegetation during summer. The hiking routes are all relatively easy and the longest one only takes a few hours to complete. Each will offer a fantasic view of the strange natural phenomenom that Dimmuborgir is and offer plenty of great photo opportunities, so make sure you don't forget your camera in the car. 

During winter the caves provide temporary shelter for the Yule Lads who make them their home around Christmas time.

Many metal fans might recognise the name, but a successful Norwegian black metal band adopted the name. 


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