After a very long day of driving the eastern edge of Iceland, we drove quickly through Myvatn to our lodgings at Narfastadir (another HeyIceland booking), one of the great perks of this lovely little hotel was that they had gluten free bread!
Lake Myvatn. Photo credit: Lisette
The next morning we doubled back to check out all that Myvatn had to offer. We drove around the little town and took in some gorgeous views of the lake, then headed out to see the Myvatn Nature Baths. At a fraction of the cost of the Blue Lagoon, these baths were less crowded and more beautiful than their overhyped counterpart. We enjoyed our time at these baths far more and felt more relaxed away from the crowds of tourists.
Myvatn Nature Baths. Photo credit: Lisette
Something to note if you’re driving near the lake, there are TONS of bugs. We had so many hit our windshield while driving around the lake that we needed to buy wipes at a gas station to clean off the glass regularly while we were here. It was the only place where we had this issue, and our faithful SUV (dubbed Ujay) was literally covered in bug carcasses. From here we continued our travels towards Akeyuri, and on the way we passed by the stunning Godafoss falls.
Godafoss Falls. Photo credit: Lisette
Our AirBnB in Akuyeri was right in the heart of town, allowing us to explore downtown by foot during our visit. We met up with one of the friends we made at the hot pots at Glacier World and explored the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were lovely, free and had a charming little cafe in the middle.
The cafe in the Botanical Gardens. Photo credit: Lisette
We adored this little “big city,” the second most populated place in all of Iceland. The locals are extremely friendly, and this can be felt throughout the city from the heart-shaped stoplights to the little coffee shops and even the friendly street cats.