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Huge swarms of midge are plaguing the southern part of Lake Mývatn, North Iceland

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  • Lake Mývatn The lake's name literally means Midge Lake due to the  large swarms of midge found near the it during summer. Photo/GVA

Swarms of midge are plaguing the southern part of Lake Mývatn, North Iceland, reports the National Broadcasting Service. Fishermen in Laxá river have had to flee the area due to large clouds of midge.

Activities increase with warmer temperatures, resulting in higher intensities than last year when temperatures were cooler.

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“The midges are the most aggressive during fine rain and temperatures around 15 degrees (Celsius). If, however, it becomes very warm, around 20 degrees or more, the insects tend to be mostly dormant,” Einar Jónsson, farmer at Sjónarhóll, explained.

Simple head-nets are ideal midge protection for travellers who intend to visit the Mývatn region this week. 

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