The north side of Iceland is rich in geothermal activity, with amazing colors and geology. The Mývatn basin sits squarely on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the violent geological character of the area has produced an astonishing landscape unlike anywhere else in the country.
Our tour takes us to Mývatn which is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism. The surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents.
Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn. The area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel offering numerous photographic compositions.
We will then continue to the dirt-brown crater of Víti which reveals a secret when you reach its rim – a dark blue pool of floodwater at its heart. Behind the crater are the ‘twin lakes’, boiling mud springs.
We will be shooting sunset at Mývatn Lake, weather permitting. It’s the undisputed gem of the northeast. Mývatn Lake and the surrounding area are starkly beautiful, an otherworldly landscape of spluttering mudpots, weird lava formations, steaming fumaroles and volcanic craters.