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The Mývatn Nature Baths

myvatnhotspringsThe Lake Mývatn region is one of Iceland’s most geologically active. The area is dotted with volcanic craters and bubbling mud pits and is one of the most-visited areas outside of Reykjavik. One of the most-popular attractions in the region is the Mývatn Nature Baths, one of Iceland’s newest geothermal spas.

Opened in 2004, the Mývatn Nature Baths, are similar to the more famous Blue Lagoon of Reykjavik. Created from the run-off of a geothermal power-plant, the baths contain bright blue steaming water that comes from deep under the earth and contains a high level of silica.

In addition to the main lagoon, the baths offer hot pots (hot tubs), natural steam baths, relaxation areas, and a cafe and small shop. In summer, the baths are open from 9am to midnight; in winter hours are noon to 10pm. Entrance is prohibited 30 minutes from closing.

Adult admission is 2000 ISK with an additional 400 each for bathing suite or towel rental and 700 kronur for a robe rental.

Though the baths here lack the draw of the Blue Lagoon, I actually preferred them to the larger, more-touristy version in the southwest. When I visited in mid-September, my husband had the entire place to ourselves – that’s simply never going to happen at the busy Blue Lagoon. After a relaxing soak in out giant private pool, we relaxed with a delicious meal of hot mushroom bisque, hearty bread, and a cold stout beer.

Photo by b00nj