In the middle of the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Myvatn, you find Hofdi, a little peninsula where was planted a mini-forest giving you a nice break from the bare ground you cross all around. And you still get to see a great volcanic feature: the lava pillars of Kálfastrandavogar.
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Höfdi is a peninsula in Lake Mývatn with strange lava formations and lots of trees. It is so rare in Iceland that you can wonder why. Apparently it is the result of a couple spending their summer vacations at Hofdi for decades planting trees and plants. When the husband died, the wife donated the place. In one of the cove, you discover strange lava pillars standing in the water, a quite unique feature known as the lava pillars of Kálfastrandavogar.
Hofdi has been selcted by the local tourism office as a ‘Must do’ by the Myvatn Lake.
Hofdi is included in the Travel guide Experience Iceland that I wrote to help you plan your road trip around Iceland and make the most of your time.
What I like about the Myvatn is the post-apocalyptic look of the landscape. So Hofdi was not high on my list of places to visit. The tree with the autumn colors were nice but I was not in Iceland for such a scenery. Some people do really enjoy it as it provides a break from the lava and bare landscapes.
However I decided to stop there on my way to the Pseudocraters of Skútustadagígar because I knew there was a path that would get me very close to the lava pillars. An crazy rock formations are what I am looking for
Plus on a windy day, it is one of the rare areas around Myvatn where you can find a little bit of protection.
FROM THE PROMONTARY
After a few steps (be careful with rain it can be slippery), I was rewarded with some nice views of Lake Myvatn and the pseudo-craters. I think this promontory is close to the gate. I should have drawn a map while I was there, I am sorry.
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What a dedication to plant all those trees, don’t you think?