A land of trolls and adventures. Dimmuborgir near Myvatn is under immense threat. PIC genevieveroumerier

A land of trolls and adventures. Dimmuborgir near Myvatn is under immense threat. PIC genevieveroumerier

[dropcap style=”one” color=”grey” text=”I” /]t might not make international news and get only a fleeting mention in the local news but today was a very sad day for Iceland. In fact, it might even be one of the worst of days in history.

It is the day when the Environmental Agency of Iceland announced that Myvatn lake area in the North of Iceland is now officially on danger list from the grave danger of mass-tourism and likely future geothermal energy drilling in the neighborhood.

Now, you might not have heard anything about Myvatn but in a country famed for beauty Myvatn lake and the surrounding area is in a class of its own. This place, for the majority of locals, is as valuable as Thingvellir National Park and for quite a few even the magnificent Thingvellir do not hold a candle to the beauty of Myvatn.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]for quite a few even the magnificent Thingvellir do not hold a candle to the beauty of Myvatn[/blockquote]

The Myvatn lake has been deteriorating for decades since short-sighted politicians decided the lake was an excellent place for industry. Since then air pollution, oil spills and other man-made actions have depleted the lake of fish and most wildlife and one of the most amazing plant in the whole world; the Marima seaweed ball.

This weird plant is a rare growth form of the algae species where the algae grows into large green balls with a velvety appearance. These kinds of algae balls used to cover the lake bottom but only a handful are left.

Since team Total Iceland loves Myvatn we feel it our duty to bow our heads and we suggest you do so too while contemplating these beautiful images from the Myvatn area.

Sunset in June over the lake seen from the main campsite in the area. PIC Rusty Projector

Sunset in June over the lake seen from the main campsite in the area. PIC Rusty Projector

Pure and beautiful nature on a nice summer´s day. The lake is now much void of life and business wants to build a energy plant nearby. PIC Christiano Corsini

Pure and beautiful nature on a nice summer´s day. The lake is now much void of life and business wants to build a energy plant nearby. PIC Christiano Corsini

Green moss and shrubs cover ancient lava formations to the east of Myvatn lake creating such surreal beauty Van Gogh never could have imagined. PIC michael clarke stuff

Green moss and shrubs cover ancient lava formations to the east of Myvatn lake creating such surreal beauty Van Gogh never could have imagined. PIC michael clarke stuff

Describing all the things found in and around Myvatn would require a library. Some of the more beautiful things here are loads of pseudo-craters most of which are now badly damaged. PIC Zanthua

Describing all the things found in and around Myvatn would require a library. Some of the more beautiful things here are loads of pseudo-craters most of which are now badly damaged. PIC Zanthua