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The truth about midges in Iceland, please.

Are midges as awful as many people report them to be? I plan to rent a camper in July and soak in as many off-the-grid primitive hot springs along the Ring Road as I possibly can in 9 days. I will be camping near water (hot springs, rivers, lakes) and skin will necessarily be exposed. I hope someone can offer the actual facts about midges. Thank you! :)

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The only place we encountered them on 6 trips so far is Myvatn.

We were in a camper for 10 days last July and then a car for 7 and never encountered them, FWIW.

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We encountered them in the Myvatn area as well. If there is a good breeze it won’t be an issue. In any case, get some inexpensive and lightweight head-nets to put in your pocket to use as needed. They don’t bite but will swarm your face. Pretty miserable.

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Hi only7web, we spent an afternoon at the Dynjandi waterfall August 2023. The weather was cool and dry but we did encounter a few midges. I think it would have been worse if it had been rainy or humid. Head nets are cheap, be prepared. I bought a package of two from Amazon for $10.

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Donna--We were at Dynjandi in late July and no midges at all. Sorry you had a few! I agree, the head nets are so cheap and easy to pack. We had them, but never needed them;)