Hiking routes

Mývatnsstofa

Hiking routes

The North bank circle

The North bank circle

Starts at the lake shore across from Hotel Reynihliđ. Nice walk along the lake front and rough lava. Good for bird observation. 2-3 houres.
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The Dalfjall Mt. Route

The Dalfjall Mt. Route

This route begins south of Leirhnjúkur and provides as excellent view of the entire area. It ends by the highway at Námaskarđ pass. The route is varied and interesting, and Mt. Dalfjall gives a good insight into the process of Geological divergence in the area. This hike takes about 3-5 hours.
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The Stóra - Víti Maar by Mt. Krafla

The Stóra - Víti Maar by Mt. Krafla

This is a short trail around the maar (explosion crater) Stóra-Víti, which was formed in 1724. The trail goes through a hot spring are East of the crater. The walk takes 40-60 min.
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Hlíđarfjall Mountain

Hlíđarfjall Mountain

There is a marked route from the Krafla route to the top of Mt. Hlíđarfjall. The trail is very steep and takes 30-40 min each way (from the Krafla route). From the mountain top, which is 771 m high, there is an excellent view over the lake and the surroundings area.
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The Krafla route (Leirhnjúkur - Hlíđarfjall - Reykjahlíđ village)

The Krafla route (Leirhnjúkur - Hlíđarfjall - Reykjahlíđ village)

A trail leads from the southern part of the Leirhnjúkur circle to the village of Reykjahlíđ. It crosses the flow of the lava since 1725-1729 and on to Mt. Hlíđarfjall along the Eldá river (lava river). This hike takes about 3-5 hours.
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Leirhnjúkur Mountain / Gjástykki

Leirhnjúkur Mountain / Gjástykki

An easy trail leads from the parking area around the active area of Leirhnjúkur. Walk through hot spring area and steaming lava to craters formed in the Krafla fires 1975-1984. A hiking trail leads from the hot spring area to the crater Hófur, which is north of Leirhnjúkur. Hófur is a beautiful formed crater dating back to the Mývatn fires, 1725-1729. 1-3 hours.
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Námafjall Mountain / Hverir / Hverarönd

Námafjall Mountain / Hverir / Hverarönd

The hot spring area named Hverir, east of Mt. Námafjall, is one of the high temperature areas in Iceland. Please stay on the track and do not cross the lines indicating the trail. People have sustained serious burns by going over the lines and too close to the boiling soil.
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Stóragjá - Grjótagjá - Hverfjall - Dimmuborgir

Stóragjá - Grjótagjá - Hverfjall - Dimmuborgir

This trail starts by the village of Reykjahlíđ on the crossroads of route no.1 turning East towards Egilsstađir. The distance is approx. 14 km and takes 3-4 h to complete - one way. The path takes you to the fissure of Grjótagjá and then on to Mt. Hverfjall. From here the path goes along the rim of the crater to the top and from there down the steep hill on the southern side of the crater and on into Dimmuborgir lava formations.
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Kálfastrandarland Area and Höfđi

Kálfastrandarland Area and Höfđi

This route starts just inside the gate to Kálfaströnd farm and leads to Klasar, opposite Höfđi. It is an easy walk through bizarre lava formations and landscape. Excellent for bird watching. The Höfđi peninsula is also a great place to walk, starting by the parking the trail leads from the gate through a small forest along the lake shore. Beautiful lava formations and bird-life.
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Dimmuborgir

Dimmuborgir

Several hiking routes have been marked out in this area of spectacular lava formations. At all crossings you will find a map of the area which indicates where you are. Most are easy to walk. The small circle takes about 30 min to walk but the big circle that takes you to the well known "church" formation takes about 1 h .
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Skútustađagígar Craters

Skútustađagígar Craters

The trail runs around Stakhólstjörn and takes about one hour to walk. There is also a shorter circular route into the western part of the area, which takes about 20-30 minutes. This is an easy walk through pseudocraters and in close proximity to diverse birdlife.
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Vindbelgjarfjall (Vindbelgur Mountain)

Vindbelgjarfjall (Vindbelgur Mountain)

The route to the Vindbelgjarfjall starts east of the sideway leading to the farm Vagnbrekka, a walk of half an hour. It takes another half an hour to walk up the mountain, which is some 529 meters above sea level. The trail is steep at times, but it suits most hikers, and the view of the district from the summit is spectacular.
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