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Skśtustašahreppur

Tourism

Tourism in Mżvatnssveit

Mżvatnssveit is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations for many reasons. The area is renowned for its awesome natural beauty, with volcanic eruptions having played a crucial role in the formation of the landscape since ancient times. Roads and walkways lead travelers to interesting locations, whether the plan is to enjoy the strange landscape, examine unique natural phenomena or take a closer look at the plant and bird life. Moreover, Mżvatnssveit offers a variety of services in accommodation, food, and entertainment, based on years of experience and knowledge of the area.

Mżvatn is the fourth largest lake in Iceland, covering 36.5 square kilometers, or approximately 14 square miles. It is situated at 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, very indented and with more than 40 small islands. Mżvatn derives its name from the often annoying gnat, which is divided into two kinds, of which one has a habit of biting people. Gnats provide a large part of the diet of various birds as well as trout. Mżvatn is famous for its bird life, and is home to more species of ducks than any other place on earth. The most compact habitation of harlequin ducks in the world is at the upper reaches of Laxį, and the barrow’s goldeneye duck breeds in no other place in Europe.

Skśtustašahreppur is Iceland’s highest altitude borough and one of the most far reaching at 4,926 square kilometers, or 1,903 square miles. Its boundaries to the east follow the glacial river Jökulsį į Fjöllum from its source down to the spectacular falls Dettifoss. To the north, the boundary runs from Dettifoss past Mt. Elķfur and on to the west north of Gęsafjöll (Goose Mountains). To the west, Skśtustašahreppur’s boundaries run through Hólasandur and through the heaths between Mżvatnssveit, Reykjadalur Valley and Bįršardalur Valley, and finally up to Vatnajökull glacier to the south. Reykjahlķš has a small densely populated area, with a respectable number of inhabitants also at Skśtustašir, although not an actual township.

Interesting places

Grjótagjį and Stóragjį Mt. Vindbelgjarfjall Askja and Vķti
Skśtustašagķgar Sušurįrbotnar Höfši
The Krafla area Lśtentar- and Žrengslaborgir Mt. Nįmafjall
Mt. Heršubreiš and Heršubreišalindir Dimmuborgir Drekagil Canyon
Mt. Hverfjall/Hverfell Bjarnarflag Lofthellir cave
Laxį river Dettifoss Mżvatn Nature Baths

We can also name Seljahjallagil canyon, Togarahelli cave, Saušahelli cave, Hvķthellicave, Kverkfjöll,  Skśtustašakirkju church, Reykjahlķšakirkju church, Žeistareyki, Jökulsįrgljśfur canyon and more, and more

 

 Marked pathways

 

Sources: “Hraunhellar į Ķslandi” (Iceland’s Lava Caves) and “Nįttśra Mżvatns” (Mżvatn Nature).

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