This Remote Corner Of Iceland Is Total, Magical Bliss

Sometimes, travelers are slammed with an intense craving to run away from it all and truly disconnect

Um, have you heard of Iceland?

We’ve been seeing a lot of hype around the Nordic nation lately, with cheap flights galore and stories of epic parties in the capital city of Reykjavik. But let’s not forget that Iceland is most known for its natural wonders, the best of which may just be Mývatn, a volcanic lake region in the northeast part of the country.

Here, bubbling lava fields meet a charming village, sprawling waterfalls and an active volcano big enough to disrupt even the most blasé backpacker. Check it out…

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You’ll find something epic to do in the Mývatn region at any time of year. This is an area of active volcanism, so the gurgling mud pots, steamy geothermal ponds and misshapen lava formations make it look like another planet. 

Soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths — like a hot spring, but better — or hike the rim of a black-rock crater. Visitors can also bike, explore ice caves or behold Godafoss, the massive waterfall that gives Niagara Falls a run for its money. 

THIS, my friends, is an adventurer’s bliss:

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Most people start their journey to Mývatn at Akureyri Airport, about a 45-minute flight from the capital city of Reykjavík. Use the quaint village of Reykjahlíð as a jumping-off point for more adventures to Mývatn’s natural sights. 

For the less intrepid, the region also has an impressive Bird Museum, dedicated to the huge number of rare flying creatures in the area.