Lake Myvatn

Aug 08, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

After enjoying a splendid evening of music and avoiding severe winds by spending the night in the port of Akureyri, we divided into groups to commence our chosen explorations. Traversing the volcanic landscape, each tour visited Goðafoss (waterfall of the gods, named so after pagan gods were cast into it by priest Thorgeir of Ljosavatn).

Visits to Lake Myvatn to view the surrounding craters of Skutustadir, the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, and the Namaskard mud pots were completed before working up an appetite for the buffet lunch at the Foss Hotel.

Consequently, all groups had a close-up view of the geology of Iceland, and then we divided and conquered. One group sought out the avian wildlife; another, the Geosea hot water springs; still others—the brave hikers among us—climbed the 300-foot rise to hike around the top of the Hverfjall. There was the option of a leisurely guided tour to overlook the crater and the nearby volcano, which last erupted in 2000.

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Chris Croxson

Chris Croxson


Following a distinguished business career with Unilever PLC, Chris obtained a master’s degree in marine biology at the National Oceanography Centre (NOCS) at Southampton University in the U.K. and graduated in 2007 with first-class honours. From there he attended a post-graduate certificate of education course and taught high school biology.  

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