The Skútustaðagígar Craters are located on the southern side of Lake Mývatn and the area consists of a row of pseudo-craters which are covered in low vegetation. The area is provides several great views over the lake and is a good spot for observing waterfowl and other species of waterbird.
The area surrounding the craters are good for Northern Wheatear, Meadow Pipit and White Wagtail. Often, you can find Merlin here, hunting for small songbirds. Also Short-eared Owl can be seen here.
The area provides several great overviews over Lake Mývatn. Great numbers of waterbird can be seen here and common species in large numbers are Tufted Duck, Eurasian Wigeon and Whooper Swan. Scarcer species, like Barrow's Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck and Goosander, can also be found here. Sometimes, the area provides large numbers of Red-necked Phalarope, which can be observed foraging close to the shoreline. Numbers can reach about 150 individuals in this specific part of the lake.
The area is easy accessable due to the ringroad, located just south of the area. There is a large parking lot located next to the road (see map) and several pathways lead you around the area.
Terrain and HabitatGrassland, Lake
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Winter
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Multiple birdingplaces are located around the lake (see overview map).