Mývatn AURORA BOREALIS TRAVEL GUIDE

Mývatn is a lake in northern Iceland that likes to refer to itself as the “Northern Lights capital of Iceland” and with good reason. The northerly location means that it is closer to the Arctic circle than other parts of Iceland.

The area also receives less rain and less cloud coverage resulting in more clear nights. The Mývatn area also is less populated and less light pollution that larger cities. It is recommended that you stay 2-3 nights in this area for a 70% chance of seeing the northern Lights during your stay.

There is a small shopping centre and petrol station in the town of Reykjahlíð which is on the northern shore of the lake. This is a great place to pickup some essentials.

Myvatn Accommodation

The are around Lake Myvatn offers a wide range of accommodation with farm stays very popular in this region. We recommend the Vogafos Guesthouse or Dimmuborgir guesthouse.

Alternatively, there are lots of great Myvatn Airbnb options starting for as little as USD$60 per night. If this is your first time, use my referral link to get $50 off your first stay!.

Getting to Myvatn

Driving – Myvatn is on the well traveled ring road making it easy to drive from Reykjavik. If you are driving the ring road anti-clockwise (recommended) then the town is  just over 2 hours from Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland.

Fly – The closest airport is Akureyri which offers a direct service from Reykjavik, it is then approx 1 hr 20 min drive.

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