Dimmuborgir is an area close to the lakeshore of Lake Mývatn with numerous strange forms of volcanic rock formations, creating mysterious forms that can play with your imagination. The most famous of the formations is “The Church”. It is an open cave with a dome-like ceiling. Dimmuborgir is located on the east side of Lake Mývatn, close to the main circular highway around the lake and is certainly a great place to visit.

The Formation

The formation of these lava formations were created from molten lava that formed a lava pond a little more than 2000 years ago, during a large volcanic eruption of two rows of craters called Lúdentarborgir and Ţrengslaborgir. The lava flowed over wet terrain, trapping water and steam underneath it. Steam issued from vents in the lava created the incredible landscape. As the surface of the molten lava cooled it solidified, making a crust on top of the molten rock beneath. As the lava continued to flow beneath the solidified crust to a lower ground, a part of the top crust on the surface eventually collapsed and created the dramatic landscape called Dimmuborgir.

Hiking Trails

There are several marked hiking trails in the area, all offering great photo opportunities. All hiking trails are marked with the level of difficulty and length. Most of the hiking routes are relatively easy but some are more challenging and the longest will take a few hours. The landscape and vegetation of Dimmuborgir is fragile and it is forbidden to climb or walk outside of the marked paths and visitors are required to stay on the marked walking paths at all times. Dimmuborgir has been used as a location for filming the famous TV series Game of Thrones.

Services and Nearby Attractions

There is a restaurant and a service center located close to Dimmuborgir parking area, but camping is not permitted in the Dimmuborgir area. Close to Dimmuborgir is the high temperature area of Námaskarđ with boiling hot solfataras and with badly sulfur smelling mud pools where visitors should take great care when walking through the area. The Mývatn Nature Baths are nearby, a geothermal spa where hot water from the ground has been harnessed to create a unique bathing experience out in the open air. The Mývatn Nature Baths are open to the public all year round and especially in winter, it is a great experience to bathe in the warm water under the amazing Northern Lights in freezing air temperatures. Dominating the surrounding mountain scenery is the impressive and nearby Hverfell explosion crater. Close to Dimmuborgir is the small village of Reykjahlíđ, where there are various services available to visitors, including shops, restaurants, petrol stations, a campsite and several hotels. Many guided coach tours, as well as numerous self drive tour packages and road trips, including a visit to Dimmuborgir can be found at www.tour.is