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Sel Hótel Mývatn

Lake Mývatn Bird Wathching tour 2011


Mývatn is a large lake at the edge of the volcanic zone cutting through North Iceland.  It is fed by water welling up from a number of springs on the lake shore. Craters and volcanoes dominate the landscape. Famous volcanoes such as Hverfjall (Hverfell), Krafla and the Threngslaborgir crater row ring the lake. Volcanic activity gives rare insight into the process of continental drift. Mývatn is famous for its unusual lava formations, Höfði and the castles of Dimmuborgir being the most famous ones. Along the lake shore are many pseudocraters, which looks like volcanic cones but were probably formed by giant steam bubbles.
The lake itself and the river Laxá, its outlet, form the most fertile freshwater system in Iceland. The bird and fish life (including the Atlantic Salmon) is extremely rich. The reasons are the phosphate-rich groundwater, relative isolation, and the shallow depth which favors both aquatic plants and waterfowl.
Ducks are the most characteristic bird at Mývatn. Breeding duck density is exceptionally high and the species composition is unusual. The Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) is the species which is most dependent upon the special conditions in Mývatn and Laxá. The Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) is a specially adapted to rivers. These two ducks do not breed anywhere else in Europe.
Other birds characteristic of the Mývatn district include the Slavonian Grebe or Horned Grebe and the Redshank (Tringa totanus).
Lake Mývatn Bird Watching tour – 1.-5.06.11

Day 1
Afternoon transfer from Akureyri with a brief stop at Goðafoss.
Check in at Sel-Hótel Mývatn and dinner at the hotel.
A lecture by the staff of the Mývatn Research Station and an introduction meeting.

Day 2
After an early breakfast at the hotel the guides take you to all the most popular bird-watching spots around Lake Mývatn.
Sightseeing tour to the Krafla area in the afternoon. 
A lecture by the staff of the Mývatn Research Station in the evening.

Day 3
Visit to the museum at Grenjaðastaður and the power plant at Laxá on the way to Húsavík.
From Húsavík, a tour out to the bay Skjálfandi to spot some seabirds.
A visit to the Nature Bath at Mývatn on the way back to the hotel.

Day 4
Free morning to explore the birdlife around the lake. 
After lunch a tour to some interesting places on the lake, such as Höfði and the lava formations at Dimmuborgir.

Day 5
Free morning to explore the birdlife around the lake.
Transfer to Akureyri with time for brief sightseeing in town.  Flight to Reykjavík in the afternoon.

Price:  990.- $ pr. person in dbl. room
          1130.- $ pr. person in sgl. room                    Maximum 15 persons.

Included in the price: Transfer Akureyri-Mývatn-Akureyri, 4 nights' accommodation at Sel-Hótel Mývatn with breakfast, 3-course dinner or buffet, guided bus transport, sightseeing tours at Lake Mývatn, museum entrance, sailing, picnic and lunch, visit to the Nature Bath and lectures.

 

 

 

 

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