You will find the Myvatn Natural Baths on many visitors’ Iceland bucket lists. But what are they, and why is considered a must-visit spot here in Iceland? In this article, we tell you everything there is to know about the Myvatn Baths – from what they are, and where they are, to the cost of admission, what else there is to do in the surrounding area, and where to stay when visiting.
So, if you’ve got an upcoming trip to the island and are busy creating your trip itinerary, or you’re just curious to learn more, read on – here you will learn everything there is to know about the Myvatn Nature Baths.
What are the Myvatn Nature Baths?
The Myvatn Nature Baths is a geothermal pool resort that makes use of a natural hot spring 2500 meters below ground. At the Myvatn Baths, you can also enjoy a steam bath and a nice meal at the café.
You will find hot springs all over the island. This is because of all the volcanic activity in Iceland heating up the underground water supply. Some of these hot springs can be used in their natural and original form, whilst others are used in man-made geothermal pools.
Whilst a breathtaking view and incredible surroundings are at the order of the day for both the natural hot springs and the geothermal pools, the latter usually have added luxuries and amenities such as restaurants, bars, spas, and even accommodation.
Where are the Myvatn Nature Baths?
The Myvatn Nature Baths can be found next to Lake Myvatn in Northeast Iceland. The closest town is Myvatn in Iceland (approximately 13.5 kilometers or a 20-minute drive), and Akureyri (the so-called capital of the north) is roughly 105 kilometers away (or a 1 hour and 15-minute drive).
So, if you want to make the Myvatn Nature Baths a day outing, we suggest you do it from one of these towns. But because it is so conveniently located off the popular Diamond Circle route, many opt to include the Myvatn Nature Baths as a stop along their Diamond Circle road trip. The fact that the region enjoys milder weather than the rest of the island is an added bonus.
Getting to the Myvatn Nature Baths
There are essentially three ways to get to the Myvatn Nature Baths:
Via Guided Tour
Many tours here on the island have the Myvatn Nature Baths as a destination. It can either be a day tour or a multi-day tour, during which the Baths are merely one of the attractions on the tour.
Although it’s not possible to take a direct bus to the Myvatn Nature Baths, you can catch the number 56 bus that connects Akureyri with Egilstadir and has Reykjahlid as a stop. If you get off at Reykjahlid, it’s just a 4-kilometer walk to the Myvatn Baths.
To us, this will always be the best way to explore the island, since you will always remain in full control of your time and trip itinerary. Getting to the Myvatn Nature Baths in your own vehicle is very easy. From the direction of Egilstadir, you just need to drive 160 kilometers on Road 1 (aka the Ring Road) before turning left on the Jardbodin access road that will take you straight to Reykjahlid after about 3 kilometers.
From Akureyri, you just need to drive 90 kilometers west on Road 1 (aka the Ring Road). From Myvatn you just take Road 1 in a northwestern direction, turn right on Route 1/Kisilvegur, then just continue on the road till you follow the signs and turn right towards the Myvatn Nature Baths.
How Much Do the Myvatn Nature Baths Cost?
As a geothermal resort with all sorts of extra amenities and facilities, there is a cover charge that goes towards the upkeep of all these “extras”. For adults, it’s about $50 per person. For teenagers between the ages of 13 – 15, it’s about $25 per person.
Children of 12 and under enjoy free access, whilst the disabled, students and pensioners enjoy discounted rates of about $32 per person (just remember that students will need to have a valid student card on them as proof).
What to Do Near the Myvatn Nature Baths
There are plenty of interesting things to do and see at the Myvatn Baths and surroundings. Here are a few things that you can consider adding to your trip itinerary:
- Check out Hverir Geothermal Area with its bubbling mud pits and vivid colors.
- Visit the Grjotagja Hot Spring Cave, which was featured on the popular TV series, Game of Thrones.
- Join the birdwatchers and see how many bird species you can spot along Lake Myvatn.
- Visit Godafoss and Dettifoss Waterfalls.
- Explore the Dimmuborgir Lava Field with its many legends and folklore.
- Take a snap of the bright blue water of Krafla Volcano.
Where to Stay Near the Myvatn Nature Baths
With so much to do and see at the Myvatn Nature Baths, it’s best to stay over for a night or two to ensure that you experience all the area has to offer. And irrespective of your taste and budget, you will find accommodation that suits your needs and requirements. If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, you can opt for one of the local hotels such as Fosshotel Myvatn.
For a more affordable option, you can go for something like Centrum Guesthouse. For the most budget-friendly option, we recommend that you book a spot at the Camping Myvatn Campground. And you don’t need to “rough it” in a tent. If you rent a campervan in Iceland, you’ll not only sort out both transport as well as accommodation, but you’ll also be able to go camping in comfort.
The Myvatn Hot Springs; A Relaxing Soak in Spectacular Scenery
The Myvatn Nature Baths offer visitors a relaxing soak in hot healing waters with spectacular views over the lake. And if you get thirsty or peckish, you can just go to the bar or the café to grab a drink and a bite.
If you’re doing a Diamond Circle road trip in a campervan, the Myvatn Nature Baths are a must-visit site and a most welcome and relaxing rest stop along the way. But however you choose to visit, the Myvatn Nature Baths will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.