northern iceland guide

N17 - Mývatn Nature Baths

how to get there
Distance from Reykjahlíð ~ 4 km (2.5 mi)
Travel time ~ 5 minutes


Drive from Mývatn along route 1 to the east until the exit to the road leading to the thermal complex.
The natural thermal baths are located a few kilometers (miles) from Lake Mývatn and are part of the unique Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area. It's amazing how carefully the Icelanders managed to fit the baths for tourists into the natural landscape without disturbing the ecosystem of the area.

Based on a centuries-old tradition, the thermal complex has been designed with knowledge and great taste.

A visit to the baths begins with a relaxing dip in a cloud of steam that rises from the very depths of the Earth. There are two steam-baths, sat directly on top of churning geothermal waters, which are extracted from a depth of 2,500 meters (8202 ft). No disinfectants are used in the lagoon as unwanted bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the mineral-rich thermal water.

After walking in the vicinity of Lake Mývatn, it is nice to take a relaxing bath in the open air while admiring the views of the reserve. The panorama that opens here is wonderful at any time of the year: in autumn the landscape is like a patchwork quilt, dotted with shades of gold and scarlet, and in winter, if you're lucky, you can observe the magnificent Northern Lights directly from the baths.

Mývatn Thermal Complex is open all year round. The opening hours of the pools, however, are different depending on the season: in summer, from May 1 to September 30: from 09:00 to 24:00; and in winter from October 1 to April 30: 12:00 - 22:00, admission closes at 21:30.

Baths official website: myvatnnaturebaths.is