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Explore the dark city

The natural stone labyrinth of Dimmuborgir is located to the east of Lake Mývatn. It is composed of several rock formations and caves, the best known of which is probably Kirkjan, the ‘Church’.

Dimmuborgir is a magnificent lava landscape with extraordinary formations, columns, caves, and arches created by the flow of a lava lake over a marshy area some 2300 years ago. As the hot lava flowed over the marsh, the water in the ground began to boil, and the rising vapours created the areas’s distinct lava pillars. The expansive field is marked with various walking paths to explore, some estimated to take 30 minutes to navigate, and other demanding hours to complete.

Dimmuborgir, which means “dark cities,” is considered in Icelandic folklore to be an area connecting earth with hell, and is also thought to be the location where Satan landed when cast from the Heavens.

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