Mývatn Nature Baths

Mývatn Nature Baths
 
Mývatn Nature Baths is a lagoon in the Lake Mývatn area. The lagoon itself is man-made and was opened in the year 2004. The water for the lagoon comes from a borehole at the nearby Bjarnarflag geothermal area, where the temperature in the ground is about 130 C and is piped a short distance from there and to the lagoon, where before entering the lagoon is mixed with cold water in order to adjust the water temperature. The water temperatures in the lagoon vary slightly between 36 and 40°C. Due to the chemical composition of the water, undesired bacteria and vegetation do no thrive in the lagoon – therefore chloride or other disinfectants are not necessary. The water contains lots of minerals, including sulfur that gives it a strong smell but the water is considered to be very beneficial to human skin. Due to the sulfur content, visitors are advised not to take any silver jewlery with them into the water as silver will turn black due to the sulfur. There are changing rooms and showers at the Nature Baths and before entering the lagoon, visitors are required to shower and wash carefully using soap. The lagoon is open all year round and even in middle of winter when the outdoor air temperatures frequently drop below zero, bathing in the lagoon is a great experience not to be missed. Guided bus tours as well as various self drive tour packages including Mývatn Nature Baths and Lake Mývatn can be found at www.tour.is