Myvatn Nature Baths in North Iceland – Standard Admission

Available
All year
Duration
2 hours
Min.age
Difficulty
Easy

Located in the heart of Northeast Iceland in a breathtaking nature reserve area, the Myvatn Nature Baths is an absolute must-visit place in this region. Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience. Take a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface and enjoy a luxurious swim in a pool of mineral-rich geothermal water drawn from depths up to 2.500 meters.

 

 

Highlights

  • Take a soak in the milky-blue geothermal water that is rich in silica and nutritious minerals and enjoy its amazing health effects
  • Experience the all-natural steam baths
  • Enjoy the panoramic view over the surrounding nature reserve area
  • Enjoy a light meal and drinks at Café Kvika in a beautiful setting with views of the stunning natural surroundings

 

What's included

  • Use of a locker in the changing rooms
  • Access to the bathing area, steam baths, lagoon, and hot tub

What's not included

  • Towels and swimsuits can be rented
  • Meals and drinks are not included

Itinerary

Located in the heart of Northeast Iceland, Lake Mývatn, with its unique nature and rich birdlife, is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures. The Diamond Circle tour route travels through the Mývatn area and includes many of the country’s must-sees. A designated nature reserve, Myvatn is an area of fragile beauty where tourist services have been developed in such a way as to cause as little disruption as possible to what is a unique and highly delicate ecosystem.

The Myvatn Nature Baths is a highlight of this region: drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience. Take a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface and enjoy a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths up to 2.500 metres.

The water supplies for the lagoon run straight from the National Power Company´s bore hole in Bjarnarflag. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives at the huge basin beside the lagoon, forming an impressive, man-made hot spring. The lagoon and the basin contain around 3.5 million liters of water. Mixed with cold spring water, the lagoon’s temperature is 36 – 40°C all year round.

The lagoon is a man-made construction; its bottom is covered by sand and gravel. The characteristics of the water are unique in many ways. It contains a high amount of minerals, is alkaline, and is well suited for bathing. Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon, making chloride or any other disinfectant redundant.

Geothermal water in Iceland usually contains some sulfur. In this area, the strength of the chemical is greater than others. Therefore it should be avoided to take jewelry from brass or silver into the water; they become black and can be damaged. Sulfur, however, is considered to have a positive effect on asthma and other respiratory diseases, and many of the trace elements in the water are considered to have a good effect on the development of skin problems.

The steam in the natural steam bath rises directly through the floor and is completely controlled by the weather. Typically the temperature is around 45°C, and the humidity is close to 100%. In spring 2019, we put windows in the steam baths so everyone could enjoy our beautiful view.

Body wash, shampoo, and conditioner are offered by an Icelandic company, Sóley Organics. Sóley Organics provides high-quality, natural, organic skin and hair care products from fresh spring water and hand-picked wild Icelandic herbs based on an old family recipe. By buying local products, we reduce the carbon footprint, and natural and clean products are kind to your skin and in harmony with our environment.

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FAQ & Important Information

The following is important information applicable to this tour. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone; we are here to make your tour exceptional!

Operation:
This tour is operated by our trusted partner.

Pick up:
Please note that transfer is not included in this tour. The Mvatn Nature Baths are located in Northeast Iceland. Please find the location on Google Maps.

Prices:
All prices are per person. We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees.

Do I need to book a ticket in advance?

We always recommend booking in advance to secure a spot. Walk-ins are welcome as long as we have lockers available.

How deep is the lagoon?

The deepest part is 1.3 m, the average is ca. 1.2 m.

How long can I stay in the lagoon?

You can stay as long as you want, within opening hours. Most people spend around 90 minutes in total.

I have booked a ticket for 14:00. Can I arrive at 13:00?

If you book at 14:00, you can arrive between 14:00 and 14:30. If you know you will be late or early, please call or write an email to modify.

Contact: +354 464 4411; [email protected]

Do you have private showers?

Yes, 2-3 private showers are available for guests in each changing room.

Do you accept international student ID’s?

Yes, we accept all student ID’s as long as they are valid.

Are children welcome?

Yes, all children are welcome. There is no entrance fee for children 12 years and younger.

 

 

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