Reykjahlíð

Reykjahlíð, the “capital” of the Mývatn district, on the land of a farm claiming about 6,000 km2 of land, more than any other farm in Iceland, its land reaching from the Gæsafjöll mountains and Dettifoss falls all the way to the Vatnajökull glacier. A church and formerly a parsonage. Not far from the home field of Reykjahlíð is the rift Stóragjá which has warm water in it and was a popular place for bathing, it is not suited for bathing now. One of the longest series of eruptions in the history of Iceland, Mývatnseldar (“The Lake Mývatn fires”) took place near there in 1724–29. There were eruptions of lava in many places, the greatest quantity of lava coming from a crater–row associated with the mountain Leir­hnjúkur. Lava surrounded the old church in 1729, a new church being built beyond the lava field. From 1975–84 there was a series of tremors and eruptions originating in the old volcano Kröfluaskja to the north of the lake, but no lava to speak of reached the Mývatn area.