One of the most famous places in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon but it has become very touristy. In North Iceland, near lake Myvatn, you can relax in a more intimate version of the lagoon: The Myvatn Nature Baths. I went after a full day of visiting many incredible sites in the area and really enjoyed the relaxation.
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Why visit the Myvatn Nature Baths - Facts and History
History and geology
The Myvatn Nature baths also called Jarbodin are located in a geothermal area just east of the Grjotagja rift and west of the Hverir geothermal area. Throughout the history, the locals have used the natural stem of bathing by building a stone shelter over a fissure. The Nature Baths of Myvatn opened in 2004.
The water supplied to the man-made lagoon is drawn from depths of up to 2.500 metres. 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. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives to the surface but the lagoon is at a temperature of 36 – 40°C.
In the region of Myvatn, there are many fascinating walks to do (see my top choice). So after a long day walking in lava fields and on volcanic cones, relaxing in th hot water of the Myvatn nature Baths is an absolute pleasure
Blue Lagoon or Myvatn Nature Baths?
Most people visit the famous Blue lagoon but if you have a choice and travel to Myvatn, I recommend the Nature Baths. Here is a short comparison to help you decide which one to visit.
Pros - Blue Lagoon
- Bar in the middle of the pool
- Many packages available
- Large pools with many features (fall, mud...)
Pros - Myvatn Nature Bath
- More intimate, less touristic
- Nice landscape views and good spot for sunset
PLANNING TIPS - Myvatn Nature Baths Iceland
How to get to the Myvatn Nature Baths - location
- From Reykjahlid head East towards Egilsstadir on road 1. After three kilometers, turn right by the sign indicating the Baths and follow the road for 1 km.
- Reykjahlid to the Nature baths = 5min drive
- The geothermal lake in included in my eBooks:
Visiting Myvatn Nature Baths
- All facilities on site
- There is a restaurant called Kvika
- For current price and opening hours, check the official website of the Myvatn nature baths (9am to midnight in summertime)
- For advice for your hair, jewelry and all see the section at the end of this post
Accommodations in Myvatn
Things to know when visiting the Myvatn Nature Baths
Based on my experience at the Blue Lagoon and at the Myvatn Nature Baths as well as through reading the reviews, I have collected the following info and tips for your visit to the Myvatn Nature Baths:
- Shower without swimsuit is required before bathing - some private showers with curtains are available
- There is shampoo and conditionner in the showers, hairdryers and all in the changing rooms
- If you plan to wet your hair in the lagoon water, be aware that after they are going to be hard for a few days even if you wash. 2 options to counteract: do not wet your hair, or place conditionner on your hair before going in the water + condition after washing going out
In the lagoon
- Do not keep jewelry except gold (silver will turn black)
- All around are underwater benches
- There are 2 pools accessible
- Towels and bathrobes can be rented while purchasing your entry. You are allowed to bring in your own.
- Locker coin
- There is a great machine to dry your swimsuit.
Jardbodin in Winter
The Myvatn Baths remain open in Winter.
The road and carpark are cleared.
It is great to relax after a day of walking in the snow.
Want to see more of Iceland's beauty?
After walking the whole day,
I really recommend a stop to relax your muscles!
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