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Credit: Andreas Tille

Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, not far from Krafla volcano. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms (pictured), including lava pillars and pseudocraters. The effluent river Laxá is known for its rich fishing for Brown Trout and Atlantic Salmon.