Myvatn Geothermal Lake
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Lake Mývatn, located in the northeast of Iceland, is a geothermal wonder and a testament to the country's volcanic prowess. This shallow eutrophic lake, formed by a massive volcanic eruption over 2,300 years ago, spans roughly 37 square kilometers and is surrounded by a landscape that can only be described as otherworldly.

One of the standout features of Mývatn is its rich biodiversity. Despite its northern latitude and geothermal activity, the lake is home to an astonishing array of birdlife. In particular, it's a paradise for birdwatchers who flock to see the 14 different species of ducks that nest here, making it one of the most diverse duck habitats in the world. The unique combination of freshwater and geothermal activity creates a haven for midges, which, in turn, attract these birds, especially during the warmer months.

The surrounding area is a geologist's and nature lover's dream. The Dimmuborgir lava formations, with their imposing columns and eerie shapes, are often referred to as the "Dark Castles." These formations have fueled local legends about trolls and elves, adding a layer of mystique to the landscape. Then there's the Námafjall Geothermal Area, where bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and colorful mineral deposits paint a vivid picture of the Earth's inner heat.

For those seeking relaxation, the Mývatn Nature Baths offer a chance to soak in naturally heated waters rich in minerals, with views of the vast, serene landscape. These baths are a quieter alternative to the more famous Blue Lagoon but are equally rejuvenating.

In essence, Lake Mývatn and its surroundings are a microcosm of all that makes Iceland unique: volcanic landscapes, rich ecosystems, ancient legends, and the rejuvenating power of geothermal waters. A journey here is not just a visual feast but also a deep communion with some of the most primal forces of nature.

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Geeky Facts about Myvatn Geothermal Lake

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Within its landscape you can find natural hot springs, volcanic craters, geothermal activity and lava fields.

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Myvatn Lake was formed 2300 years ago by a lava fissure eruption.

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It is Iceland fourth largest lake.

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