Myvatn Nature Baths
660 Myvatn, Iceland
Tel: +354 464 4411
Fax: +354 464 4422
MYVATN NATURE BATHS
Opened in 2004
Opened on the 30th of June 2004, Myvatn Naturebaths 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 splendour of the Northern Lights.
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 metres.
Enjoyed since the settlement
The inhabitants of the Mývatn region have been enjoying healthy bathing in the hot geothermal springs ever since Iceland was settled by the Vikings. There is heat in the earth, hot springs sizzle in the fissures all around and nowhere else in Iceland does such pure steam rise from the earth, free from sulphur vapours or any other pollution.
Many historic remains and folk tales tell us about shelters built to use the steam in this area for bathing. In 1940, a new shelter was built above a steam hole already blessed by the good bishop Gudmundur as early as the 13th century which has been used for steam bathing (also called dry bathing) for centuries.
Around 1950 a bathing hut was built at Jardbadsholar, which was used until around 1970 and always greatly enjoyed by travellers.
Preserving Culture and History
In the year 1996, Pétur Snæbjörnsson and Jóhann Fridrik Kristjánsson decided to revive this bathing tradition by building a steam bath in the spirit of former times, thus preserving both the culture and history of the Myvatn region. South of Jardbadsholar, a steam bathing hut was built, which became immediately popular among health seekers and as a meeting point for locals. Thus, the idea of creating perfect bathing facilities, which would revolutionize tourist services in this area continued to grow.
Creating harmony between man-made constructions and the unique nature of the area, protecting the environment and using environmentally-friendly products have always been the priorities.