When it comes to hot springs and nature baths, there are few if any that rival the Myvatyn nature baths. As compared to its more popular rival The Blue Lagoon, the Myvatyn nature baths offer a more
intimate and secluded experience.
Located in the Northeast of Iceland , this beautiful lake is Iceland’s fourth largest lake, 36,5 km 2 and it has around 50 islets or skerries in it. The lake is shallow, full of fish, interesting flora and rich birdlife. The lake and the surrounding area is a nature reserve, therefore it’s not surprising – the area is incredibly diverse, with impressive waterfalls, beautiful lake views, hot springs, steaming geothermal area, caves and craters.
Opened on the 30th of June 2004, Myvatn Nature baths offers something for everyone. Despite its northerly location, the region enjoys a temperate climate, and the long summer days when darkness never comes can be surprisingly warm.
As summer merges into autumn, the landscape becomes a panoramic patchwork dotted with shades of gold and brown, while winter brings its own tapestry of snow, sparkling frosts, and frequent opportunities to enjoy the unforgettable splendor of the Northern Lights. Mývatn is one of the highlights of the Diamond Circle, a popular tourist travel route in the north of Iceland, and arguably the most popular destination in north Iceland – competing with nearby town of Akureyri and the village of Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Iceland.From Reykjavík, it is about a 6-7 hours drive to reach the small village of Reykjahlíð by Lake Mývatn, in good conditions. During wintertime that could take longer, depending on the weather and road conditions.
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. Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 meters.
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 to the huge basin beside the lagoon itself forming an impressive, man-made hot spring. Altogether, the lagoon and the basin contain around 3.5 million liters of water with a temperature of 36 – 40°C.
The lagoon itself 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 large amount of minerals, is alkaline and 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, is should be avoided to take jewelry from brass or silver into the water, they become black and can be damaged. Sulphur, 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 smell of Sulphur is prevalent in the area, but most tourists get accustomed to it within the first few minutes, most travelers equate it to the smell of rotten eggs, others equate it to the primordial smell of creation as the volcanic gases condense and create picturesque landscapes.
The two steam baths are built straight on top of a geothermal area and the Sulphur free steam rises up through holes in the floor. Typically, the temperature is around 50°C and the humidity is close to
100%. Guests can take a few turns in the steam baths and cool down in the outdoor shower in between.
The restaurant is right on the lagoon, Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner in the modern yet welcoming dining area, or alternatively on sunny days sit outside on the terrace while enjoying the refreshments. The restaurant seats up to 120 guests at a time, with the option of around 50 outdoor seats, weather permitting. Its menu consists of n, soup of the day, freshly baked bread, extensive and fresh salad bar (Apr-Oct), freshly baked rolls with vegetables or ham & cheese, the famous HOT SPRING bread with smoked arctic char. Throughout the day they offer hot beverages, cakes and cookies as well as sodas, beer and wine.
- Adults: 4,000 ISK (summer) 3,500 ISK (winter)
- Teenagers 13-15 years old: 1,500 ISK (summer), 1,100 ISK (winter)