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5 of the best geothermal pools and spas in North Iceland

Thursday, 1st September 2022

Will Gray

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Geothermally heated water is a big thing in Iceland. And harnessing this natural resource is something Icelanders are very good at. You’ve probably heard of Blue Lagoon in the South West, but there are many other locations around the country where you can gently poach yourself in therapeutic,  warm waters. This guide reveals why you should head north to find some of Iceland’s newest and most exciting hotspots for geothermal bathing and indulgent spas. From the well-established Nature Baths to the brand new Forest Lagoon, we showcased five you’ll not want to miss.

Myvatn Nature Baths

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Forest Lagoon

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BEST FOR: Simultaneous geothermal and forest bathing

This exciting new geothermal spa is due to open in 2022. Tucked into the Vadlaskogur Forest and overlooking the sheltered waters of Eyjafjordur, the 1,300 square-metre complex is only 3km from the centre of Akureyri. To find a forest in Iceland is unusual enough, but to be able to swim in an infinity pool surrounded by birch, pine and fir trees is unique! The Forest Lagoon actually boasts two infinity pools (with swim-up bars) as well as a sauna and invigorating cold tub. The brainchild of the designers behind Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and Geosea (see below), the spa blends with its surroundings, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in both the forest and soothing geothermal waters.

Take me there: Forest Lagoon is only a 25-minute walk from the centre of Akureyri – and an easy drive or taxi ride away.

Best holiday choice: Our 10-night National Parks and Natural Wonders self-drive links Akureyri and Reykjavik, via the East Fjords and South Coast. You can also now fly direct from the UK to Akureyri if you fancy a tailor-made short break based in the city, with a visit to the Forest Lagoon and excursions to Lake Myvatn, Husavik and other North Iceland highlights.


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Bjorbodin Beer Spa

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BEST FOR: Those who believe in beer – or yearn for yeast

From Akureyri a road skirts the western shore of 70km-long Eyjafjordur, linking several villages, some great hiking spots and – quirky even by Icelandic standards – the new Bjorbodin Beer Spa where you can relax in a large wooden tub filled with ‘young’ non-alcoholic beer. The live yeast has a powerful cleansing and health effect, while the drinkable beer (on tap next to your tub) helps you relax even further. The spa ritual involves 25 minutes soaking in beer, water, hops and yeast, followed by another 25 minutes in a relaxation room. There are seven bath tubs in total, made from Kambala wood and accommodating up to two people.

Take me there: The Bjorbodin Beer Spa can be found at Árskógssandur, 30 minutes’ drive north of Akureyri.

Best holiday choice: Choose any of our North Iceland itineraries, including the 11-night Arctic Coast Way – North Coast Highlights. There’s also a 7-night winter version available.

Hot Tubs Hauganes

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Feeling inspired?

If you have any questions or want to start planning your trip to North Iceland, call us on 01737 214 250, or send an enquiry to our travel specialists to start discussing your options – including a tailormade itinerary to suit your timeframe and interests.

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