Höfði Woodland Park

Northeastern Region  >  Iceland

A small forested area on the eastern side of Lake Mývatn. A great spot for local breeding birds and migrants.

Added by Bas Engels


Höfði Woodland Park is located on the eastern side of Lake Mývatn and consists of a beautiful forested area adjacent to the lake. Several pathways lead through a diverse habitat with scattered trees, strange rock formations and great views over the lake. The park is a good spot for local breeding birds, such as Common RedpollRedwing and Eurasian Wren. During migration, anything can show up here! Especially finches, like ChaffinchBrambling and Eurasian Bullfinch have been seen in the past.

The rocky parts are particular good for Rock Ptarmigan. The area is also used as hunting ground by Gyrfalcon.

The views over the lake provide observations of many species of waterbird, like Barrow's GoldeneyeGreater ScaupRed-necked PhalaropeRed-breasted Merganser and Long-tailed Duck.



The area is easy accessable. It's located next to the ringroad around the lake and a parking lot is present. You can walk through the park on multiple unpaved pathways.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Spring migration, Autumn migration


Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

Multiple birdingplaces are located around the lake (see overview map).

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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