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Places to go in Iceland: Lake Mývatn

Places to go in Iceland: Lake Mývatn

Mývatn is 90 kilometers east of Akureyri. Mývatn is Iceland’s fourth largest lake and not far from Krafla volcano. The name of the lake comes from huge numbers of midges to be found there in the summer, mý means midge and vatn means lake. The lake is rich with birdlife, unique and unusually lava formations make up the Dimmuborgir ( Dark cities ) which is in the area of Mývatn. Dimmuborgir (Dark cities ) where, according to legend, Satan landed after being cast from the heavens. Lake Mývatn is one of the few places on earth that grows Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, it is a moss ball, a species of filamentous green algae. This is a very popular place to visit in the summer, it has a great camping side, for tents or campers. This is a must see place when you are driving the ring road.

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