Day 30: Akureyri – Goðafoss – Mývatn

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Day 30: Tuesday 01 August 2017


Good nights sleep for most of us, having comfortable hotel beds.
Gunnar unfortunately still hurting – Broken Collar Bones are notorious for this….hard to get a good nights sleep.


Weather at start of day, and for rest of day, was a beautiful summer day – blue skies, warm sun, little wind, no rain.
Ideal holiday & travel conditions.


Left Edda Hotel late morning – relaxing start.



Before leaving Akureyri we visited the local shopping centre, to buy general supplies and eat brunch.



Drove Road 1 easterly, towards lake Mývatn. 



Stopped at Goðafoss to see the famous waterfalls.

The Goðafoss (Icelandic: “waterfall of the gods” or “waterfall of the goði“) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Bárðardalur district of Northeastern Region at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The river has its origin deep in the Icelandic highland and runs from the highland through the Bárðardalur valley, all the way from Sprengisandur in the Highlands. In the year 999 or 1000 the lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. According to a modern myth, it is said that upon returning from the Alþingi, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall. The story of Þorgeir’s role in the adoption of Christianity in Iceland is preserved in Ari Þorgilsson‘s Íslendingabók. “Íslendingabók“, however, makes no mention of Þorgeir throwing his idols into Goðafoss. A window in Akureyrarkirkja, the Cathedral of Akureyri, illustrates this story.


Continued to drive Road 1 easterly, towards lake Mývatn



Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism, not far from Krafla volcano.
The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks.
The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents (pseudocraters).
The effluent river Laxá is known for its rich fishing for brown trout and Atlantic salmon.

The name of the lake (Icelandic (“midge“) and vatn (“lake”); the lake of midges) comes from the huge numbers of midges to be found there in the summer period.

The name Mývatn is sometimes used not only for the lake but the whole surrounding inhabited area.
The River Laxá, Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands are protected as a nature reserve (the Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area, which occupies 4,400 km2 (440,000 ha).



After we arrived at Mývatn we quickly established camp at Bjarg Campsite, in Reykjahlíð.


Later we all went for a soak and swim in Mývatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), which has been compared to Blue Lagoon in Iceland Magazine article:
Iceland’s two blue water pools: The Blue Lagoon vs. Mývatn Nature Baths“.



In the evening, Neil and Anja took a clockwise drive around lake Mývatn, to take evening sun photos of the area.



The Mývatn district lies on the western border of the volcanic zone which cuts across north-eastern Iceland from north to south and is an extension of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

All geological formations are quite recent, dating from the Ice Age and postglacial times.

By repeated explosions in a number of locations, groups of craters built up and now dominate the landscape on the shore of Lake Mývatn and also form some of the islands in the lake.

This type of lava formation is known as pseudocraters or rootless vents. A group of such craters at Höfði & Skútustaðir on the south shore of the lake is protected as a natural monument.



Once we got back to the campsite, we once again met Margunn & Sveinung Oftebro from Sandnes, who were on their last days in Iceland and about to head home.

They have been quite unlucky with their vehicle breaking down and failing again, after it was supposedly fixed.

They plan to return back to Iceland later in the year to collect their vehicle, and bring it back home to Norway.


Read More:

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Mývatnssveit, North Iceland, builds new street – the first street to be built in the municipality since the eighties

Large snowplows clear Lake Mývatn of snow for Fast and the Furious 8

An apocalyptic swarm of black flies at Lake Mývatn


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