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Situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, Lake Mývatn and its surrounding wetlands have a remarkably rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks.

Formed during a massive eruption 2,300 years ago, Mývatn is a shallow, eutrophic lake located close to Krafla volcano. At the lake, and the vast wetlands which surround it, over 115 species of birds have been observed, including 13 species of duck that nest in the area, including tufted duck, greater scaup and wigeon. Other birds frequently seen include Barrow’s goldeneye, harlequin duck, red-breasted merganser, gadwall, common scoter, teal and long-tailed duck. You may also see Slavonian grebe, red-necked phalarope, great northern diver, red-throated diver and whooper swan.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: tufted duck, harlequin duck, Barrow’s goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, greater scaup
  • Where: North Iceland, Iceland

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Iceland’s Natural Wonders Self-drive

A self-drive itinerary combining Iceland's natural geological wonders with its rich marine life, travelling from the north of the country, westwards along the coast, and ending in Reykjavik. Enjoy whale watching trips in search of humpback and minke whales, and explore peninsulas for seal colonies and pelagic birdlife.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea