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If you want to experience geothermal wonders, a diversity of bird species, incredible scenery and traditional farm life then head to Árbót, Iceland. One of Árbót’s biggest draws is Mývatn, a geothermal lake that was formed 2,300 years ago after a massive volcanic eruption. The area around the lake offers plenty to see and do. Visit Dimmuborgir, an area of volcanic caves, arches, and pillars formed two millennia ago. Or Krafla, the site of a major volcanic eruption from 1975 to 1984, which features lava fields, some of which are still steaming, and a huge explosion crater. Then there are the many species of birds nesting in the area - visit Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, next to the lake, to find out more. Also near the hostel is Godafoss Waterfall: a semi-circle of falls flowing from the translucent water of the river Skjálfandafljót – a breathtaking sight not to be left off your itinerary.