© Robert Will 2013
Mývatn Area and the Diamond Circle
The area surrounding Mývatn (Midge Lake) is one of the most volcanically active areas in Iceland. Located directly on the fault that separates the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the land is pulling apart at the same rate that fingernails grow. The fault is simultaneously shearing in a north/south direction.
The result is a "hot zone" that allows the visitor to see a lot of volcanic activity - all within a few km of the area's main town, Reykjahlíð.
Mývatn is also a great base for visiting some of Iceland's most spectacular waterfalls - Dettifoss, Selfoss, and Goðafoss.