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Myvatn

Our first overnight stay in Iceland was near the Myvatn, about 6 km west of Hverir (see previous post).
Suddenly you are in a totally different landscape with lots of green around the 37 square kilometres large lake.
The name of the lake (Icelandic: mý (midge) and vatn (lake)) comes from the huge numbers of midges.
The Myvatn is located in a very active volcanic area. It was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago. The surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms. On the panorama photo you can see the volcano Herðubreið, now from Northwest direction.
The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, because there are many mosquito larvae and a lot of fish in the clean water. The area is therefore an Eldorado for ornithologists.
As illustrating, I chose a photograph of the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago, faeroeensis) for the main photo. You can find the G. g. faeroeensis in Iceland, the Faroes, Shetland and Orkney. The bird is wintering in Britain and Ireland.

■ Main picture: ◙ Gallinago gallinago, faeroeensis (65.575730, -16.948956)
■ Workshop 1: ◙ Myvatn – South-East side (65.575730, -16.948956)
■ Workshop 2: ◙ Panorama View – North-West side (65.659899, -16.974794)

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