Lake Mývatn, or the lake of midges is the fourth largest natural lake in Iceland, situated in north of Iceland, not far from Akureyri. The lake and its surroundings is a paradise for birdwatchers, but it is world renowned for an exceptionally rich fauna of water birds and it´s natural beauty.
Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings is one of the best known scenic attraction in Iceland. Lake Mývatn is 38sq km and its altitude above sea level is 227m. It is a beautiful island-studded lava dammed lake with many bays and several islands. Its surroundings include both harsh and gentle natural beauties. There are scenic drives everywhere along the lake and its vicinity and in all an unusually rewarding experience. The lake is on the whole very shallow. Its northern part mostly less than 2 m deep. There is no area in Europe of a comparable size that can offer as much variety of natural wonders as the Mývatn district. Surrounding the lake are some of the most bizzare and beautiful volcanic scenery found in single spot anywhere on earth. It is not the least the rich birdlife that gives Lake Mývatn its particular fascination. The lake and its surroundings is the nesting region for multitudes of birds, American and European species that are found nowhere further east or west than here. TThe lake is perhaps one of the best known bird and waterfowl sanctuary in the world where most of the birds of Iceland are to be seen including 16 species of ducks. The name Mývatn means Lake of Midges. Here is one of rather few places in the country where midges are plentiful. Harlequin flies are also much in evidence. In winter, the lake freezes over and is becoming increasingly popular for ice fishing through holes in the ice.