The Myvatn Nature Baths are located in Jardbadsholar, in an area characterised by its high levels of geothermal activity. The man-made lagoon is filled from steaming hot water from the National Power Company's bore hole in Bjarnarflag. By the time it gets to the nature baths, the temperature of the water is between 36 and 40°C (96 to 104ºF).
As well as being a delightfully relaxing experience - especially when you remember you're just 105 kilometres (65 miles) south of the Arctic Circle - bathing in the Myvatn hot springs has beneficial properties for the skin and health... in addition to a slight smell of sulphur, characteristic of volcanic regions!
One of the main attractions of these open-air hot springs is their wonderful panoramic views of the Lake Myvatn region that can be enjoyed from the pools. What's more, the Myvatn Nature Baths have excellent facilities that include fully equipped changing rooms, a small bar to bring drinks to the pools and two steam baths, from which you can still enjoy the views of the Icelandic landscapes.
1 May to 31 August: daily from 9 am to 12 am midnight.
1 to 30 September: daily from 10 am to 11 pm.
1 October to 30 April: daily from 12 pm midday to 10 pm.
Adults: 5,000 kr (US$ 37) in winter, 5,500 kr (US$ 40.70) in summer.
Teens 13 and 15 years old: 2,000 kr (US$ 14.80) in winter, 2,500 kr (US$ 18.50) in summer.
Students, seniors over 65 and disabled people: 3,300 kr (US$ 24.40) in winter, 3,500 kr (US$ 25.90) in summer.
Children under 12: free entry with parents.
1 January - 14 May: winter prices.
15 May to 30 September: summer prices.
Towel rental: 850 kr (US$ 6.30).
Swimsuit rental: 850 kr (US$ 6.30).
Bathrobe rental: 1,800 kr (US$ 13.30).