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Dettifoss is the biggest and most powerful waterfall of all in Iceland. The waterfall is around 44 meters high and 100 meters wide, the water pressure is so much you can feel the rock moving almost. You can drive to Dettifoss on both sides both east and west. Paved road 862 is on the west side of river Jökulsá. The road is passable for normal vehicles from Road number 1 to Dettifoss. This road is normally serviced in the winter time as well. If you drive on the west side you visit the waterfall from the main visitor area. It's around 20 minutes drive one way from road n°1. Road 864 toDettifoss on the east side. This is a gravel road and driving speed depends on road conditions each time. Roa…

Glanni Waterfall on the Norðurá River is said to be the dwelling place of elves and trolls. Glanni is located very close to Bifröst, which is a Business and marketing University, few years back quite many people lived there but now mainly people related to the school live there, along with employees of the hotel that is operated here.…

Krafla is a caldera 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 the Krafla area has been the source of the geothermal energy used by a 60 MWe power station. A survey undertaken in 2006 indicated very high temperatures at depths of between 3 and 5 km and these conditions have led to the development of the first well from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, that found magma only 2.1 km deep. When you drive the road up to the highest crater you can see the p…

Dimmuborgir is an area of randomly strewn lava rocks and cliffs, surrounded by vegetation, such as low bushes and plants. Dimmuborgir is a place of surprises with its myriad forms and images, small caves and towering volcanic rock, pierced by natural apertures. The dramatic structures are one of Iceland's most popular natural tourist attractions. The most famous of these formations is "The Church", as this is a cave, open at both ends and with a dome-like ceiling. It is not only in summer that Dimmuborgir exerts its char…

At the foothills of this spectacular volcanic mountain is an expanse of hot springs called Hverir that are known for their changing variety. You may also find a number of fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots that all seem to be boiling with relentless energy. The pass Námaskarð is strategically located at a short distance from the Krafla volcano system. The other thing that is sure to strike you about Námaskarð is the sheer lack of vegetation. However, if you give a thought to the high-temperature range, it does not appear an impossibility altogether. The constant emission of the fumes has made the ground utterly sterile and acidic, unfit to sustain any floras and faunas. You must bear in mind …

Hverfjall also known as Hverfell is a tephra cone or tuff ring volcano in the east of Mývatn, it is a circular explosion crater it is around 1 km in diameter and 140 meters deep. It erupted in 2500 BP. In the southern part of the Krafla fissure swarm.  Tephra has been carried from Hverfjall all over the Lake Myvatn area. A landslide apparently occurred in the south part of the crater during the eruption, which accounts for the disruption to the round shape of the mountain. The rim of the crater is only accessible by two paths, from the northwest and south, it's a fairly easy hike around 4oo meters climb. It is strictly forbidden to use oth…

Gufufoss waterfall is a beautiful waterfall you cross when driving down to Seyðisfjörður. Some people say the road down to Seyðisfjörður is one of Iceland most scenic roads, so if it's not for the waterfall it's worth the drive for the road itself. You can see that road in the movie Secret Life of Walter Mitty.…

My favorite place to visit after a good day exploring around Mývatn. The water supplies for the lagoon run straight from the National Power Company´s borehole in Bjarnarflag. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives in the huge basin beside the lagoon itself forming an impressive, man-made hot spring. The lagoon's water has a temperature of 36 – 40°C. The lagoon itself is a man-made construction, its bottom is covered by sand and gravel. The characteristics of the water are unique in many ways. It contains a large number of minerals, is alkaline and well suited for bathing. Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon making…

Grjótagjá is a small cave in the Lake Mývatn area filled with geothermal water and was a popular bathing place at one time. However, geological activity in the period 1975-1984, caused the temperature of the water in the cave's pool to rise to such a degree that it has not been possible to bath there since. It is a beautiful place to visit and take photos.…

Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland not far from Krafla volcano. The town of Reykjahlíð is standing right next to the lake,  the town has around 160 inhabitants. 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. The name of the lake Mý (midge) and vatn (water or lake) meaning the lake of midges comes from the huge numbers of midges to be found there in the summer, sometimes unbearable so if you plan …

Beautiful place to stop and experience the wast nature of the wilderness of Iceland. If you have a bright day you'll have a great view over the northern highlands of Iceland you might even see the queen of all mountains in Iceland Herðubreið which is 1682 meters high and the north part of Vatnajökull ice cap.…

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