Hike around Höfði

2 miles 50 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Elyse Clark

Höfði is a small peninsula on Lake Mývatn with great views of the lava pillars known as Kálfastrandavogar and the lake itself. This area is also unique because it is forested, which is rare in Iceland.

Lake Mývatn translates to "Midge Lake" and if you visit here in the summer there will be swarms and swarms of midges. You might want to wear something to cover your face.

From the parking area, which is located just off Road 848 past the turn off for Dimmuborgir if heading away from Reykjahlíð, the trail begins at the gate (make sure you close the gate behind you). 

This largely forested path breaks off into many paths, but they all lead to the same place.  If that makes you nervous, then stick to the obvious wide pathway, and it will lead you to an overlook of some neat lava pillars in the middle of the lake.  From this overlook, take the trail that skirts the lake and it will lead you back towards the parking area. 

Just before the parking area when you can see the gate, there is a trail that breaks off to the left up a hill (if looking towards the parking area).  Take this short trail up to a nice overlook of Lake Mývatn. 

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about 3 years ago


Höfdi area is amazing to explore! Beautiful, full of trees and you can hike up and will have amazing views! Highly recommended! Mytvah is one of the beautiful areas in the country!

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