Iceland’s very first beer spa, Bjórböðin SPA, which opened in June 2017, and is located in the north of the country, in the town of Árskógssandur, renowned for the quality of the local beer. Its curved wooden tubs are filled with a blend of young beer, hops, brewer’s yeast and essential oils, all designed to soothe the body, nourish the skin and leaves it glowing.
Bjórböðin opened its doors last year and is part of Bruggsmidjan Kaldi, which was Iceland’s first microbrewery when it opened in 2006. It’s perched on the edge of the Eyjafjörður fjord in the area of Árskógssandur, about a half-hour drive from the city of Akureyri in northern Iceland.
In order to create the perfect conditions for the bath, geothermal water that Iceland is characterized by is mixed with what’s called a “young beer”, which is unfermented and free of yeast. Then brewer’s yeast is added in, which is packed with vitamin B, so great for the skin.
A few hops are scattered in, along with some essential oils which the management is reluctant to disclose, bath salts and a bit of their own beer soap. The yeast is believed to be so beneficial for the skin, that this particular spa recommends that you do not shower for at least four hours after the treatment, giving it ample time to nourish, replenish and rejuvenate. Following a 25-minute soak in a private bathtub (that can hold up to two people, for those beer-loving couples), you will be taken to a relaxation area, where you can chill-out and enjoy another beer if you so wish.
Inside, the decor is blissfully chic and cocoon-like, with copper finishing and navy velvet couches overlooking the crashing waves outside. When you enter the spa, you’re given fluffy towels and robes; the ambience already sets you in a relaxed state.
The personal rooms contain a beautiful tub made from Kambala wood from Ghana. At first, the bath itself doesn’t look too appealing. A murky orangey brown color, complete with little flecks of green (raw hops) floating ominously on the surface, didn’t exactly scream leap in.
But once you’re in, there’s not much to do other than lay back, scrub yourself with those little green hops, listen to the music being piped into the room, and help yourself to a beer from the tap next to the bath. That’s right – each room comes with its own beer tap, with an unlimited supply from which to refill your glass.
The beer that you’ll be sipping is Bjórböðin’s flagship Kaldi, a Czech-style pilsner, its most popular brew. Kaldi beer has become very popular among Icelanders and non-Icelanders in the past few years. In Reykjavik city, you can find Kaldi beer on tap in “Kaldi Bar” but if you have the chance to go to North Iceland, you can get it straight from the source.
Kaldi beer is unpasteurized, without preservatives and added sugar. Water, malted barley, hops and yeast are used to brew the delicious beers. You can find several types of Kaldi beer, from blond to dark and everything in between.
A couple’s bath costs 14,900 ISK and a single’s bath 7,900 ISK . A session in the outdoor hot tub is 2,000 ISK
Age limit: Please note that the beer in the tub itself is undrinkable so there is no age limit. However, there is a draft beer tap next to each tub allowing guests over the age of 20, to serve themselves. The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20, and anyone under that age will not be allowed to drink alcohol. Children and teenagers under the age of 16 years old need to be accompanied by adults.
Facilities: At the Beer Spa, you can find a restaurant offering a variety of meals and beer related food. The bar offers Kaldi beer and the brewery is located a few minutes away.
Outside area: You can add access to the outside area for 500 ISK. This includes hot tubs with normal water and an outside sauna. Enjoy relaxing in the hot tub with an amazing view of Hrísey island, mountains and Thorvalds Valley.
- € 64 per adult
- Couples bath is 14.900 ISK
- Add the outside tub for 500 ISK