Day 1: The Volcanic Wonders of Lake Myvatn
Waterfall of the Gods – Volcanic Wonderland – Mysterious lava formations – “Martian” landscapes
Approximate driving distance: 105 km / 65 miles
Pick up your car from the Akureyri airport. The day begins with a drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colors of Namaskard geothermal area (it’s like walking on another planet – perhaps even Mars?) Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Myvatn’ s fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies (Star Wars, Oblivion, Fast and Furious).
A great evening activity is a visit to the Myvatn Nature Baths where you can relax in the azure blue waters in a tranquil wilderness setting. Restaurants in the area offer local specialties such as arctic charr, locally smoked lamb and geothermally baked rye bread.
Overnight in the Lake Myvatn area.
Please Note: The Ring Road route today contains a toll tunnel. More information on the tunnel and fees is here.