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Things to do in  Reykjahlíð

Welcome to Reykjahlíð

As you might expect of a village whose name translates as “steamy slope,” Reykjahlíð—perched on the edge of Lake Mývatn—is known for its geothermal activity. Visitors can make the most of this by exploring the geothermal valley of Hverir, hot springs of Námaskarð, and thermal Mývatn Nature Baths, although other top things to do in Reykjahlíð include enjoying excellent lake views and hiking trails. Close to many natural attractions, including the volcanic caldera Krafla, Dimmuborgir lava fields, and Hverfjall volcano, the village also makes for an excellent base for tours by Super Jeep or snowmobile.

All about Reykjahlíð

When to visit

Long days and (relatively) warm temperatures make summer (June to August) the best time to visit Reykjahlíð. Thanks to the midnight sun, you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor activities for up to 23 hours per day, if you want. Winter, though chilly and dark, has its own appeal, especially for those who want to spot the northern lights; October, February, and March are typically the most promising months for this celestial sight.

Getting around

Public transportation is limited in Reykjahlíð. While walking and biking can take you around town (and there are bike-rental shops), you’ll need a car, truck, or four-wheel-drive vehicle to truly explore the area’s attractions, such as the Krafla Lava Fields, the Myvatn Nature Baths, and the Lofthellir Lava Cave. Alternatively, you can book a guided tour that departs from the village.

Traveler tips

There aren’t a lot of options for places to dine in Reykjahlíð, though there is a small grocery store where you can stock up on essentials. That said, if you drive south of the village for a few minutes, you’ll find a unique option: the restaurant at Vogafjós Farm Resort. This unusual spot—located inside a cowshed on a farm—serves homemade local food made largely with produce from the farm itself. You can even watch the cows being milked as you dine.

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