If this is the first time you are going to visit Iceland and you are going to drive the full ring road, then you need to bookmark this destination when you are about to finalize your travel itinerary as this is going to be a one on a lifetime experience for you. Iceland, or the land of ice and fire, is diverse and stunning, and is home to one of the largest glaciers in Europe, steaming lava fields, geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls and black sand beaches and whatnot! And to top it all, there comes geothermal Vök Baths – another beautiful location that is sure to give you a jaw drop. Let’s explore a bit more about this place with floating pools and what makes it special enough to be a part of your travel list.
Picturesque Geothermal Destination Near Lake Urriðavatn in East Iceland
Floating Pools – sounds mystical, doesn’t it? The name includes “Vök”, which is the Icelandic word denoting ‘melted ice holes’. It is said that this certain spot where the pools are constructed today was noticed by some locals a few years back. Their eye caught a spot in lake Urriðavatn which had not frozen in the winter season. The spot was somewhere in the middle of the lake and there was smoke rising from it. Later the pool and its surrounding facilities were constructed with a platform leading to the middle.
A place worthy to make your must-visit list, Vök Baths is the largest spa in East Iceland and is sure to captivate the onlookers. It is 5 km northwest of Egilsstaðir – located on the stunning and most beautiful Lake Urriðavatn – and is indeed one of the most essential stops when traveling in East Iceland. Iceland’s only floating pool, Vök Baths, is surrounded by that untouched, rugged natural beauty for which Iceland is so popular for. These pure hot water springs give you the perfect bathing experience and a chance to relive and rejuvenate yourself from a tiring journey. Nothing feels better than taking a dip into the water and enjoying your favorite food by the side of a beautiful lake with crystal-clear waters reflecting the colors of sky, right?
Get Closer to Nature and Experience the Purity!
The facilities incorporated in this spa make it a perfect destination to spend a day in! The two pools are beautifully leveled up with the lake with hot pools on the lakeshore. Not just this, there are cold tunnels and a sauna, located under the lake. One of the best things you will experience is the local cuisine served there at the café. The food is made cautiously using organic ingredients that are specifically sourced from nearby producers and herbs found in the area. You will be welcomed to the springs with a refreshing serving of Tisanes – hot drinks that are brewed from pure spring water – the only certified drinkable hot spring water in Iceland.
Admission to Vök Baths & Spa.
Tisane brewed from the spring water and local herbs at the infusion bar.
What to bring
Good to know
Standard rate includes admission to Vök Baths and a tisane brewed from the spring water & local herbs at the infusion bar.
Comfort rate includes admission to Vök Baths, a tisane brewed from the spring water & local herbs at the infusion bar and a drink at the outdoor pool bar.
Premium rate includes admission to Vök Baths, a tisane brewed from the spring water & local herbs at the infusion bar, a drink at the outdoor pool bar and tasters from the restaurant.
Vök baths is Iceland’s only floating pools, located on Urriðavatn in East Iceland.
The hot spring water in Vök baths is so pure that it is certified as drinkable.
There are indoor changing facilities equipped with private showers and lockers.
You can find a tea bar and Bistro at Vök.
- Swimsuits and towels can be rented at location.
- All guests are required to take a shower and wash thoroughly before entering Vök Baths.
- Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner is offered at the baths.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Interesting locations in the area
Most frequent questions and answers
Vök Baths is located northwest of Egilsstaðir in East Iceland.
Myvatn Nature Baths is a 6 kilometres drive from Akureyri. The duration of the drive is around 10 minutes.
Myvatn Nature Baths is a 243 kilometres drive from Akureyri. The duration of the drive is around 3 hours.
Myvatn Nature Baths is a 630 kilometres drive from Reykjavík. The duration of the drive is around 7 hours & 47 minutes.
You can rent a car in Reykjavik / Keflavik Airport and drive to Egilsstaðir, or you can go by plane. There are direct flights from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir 3 times a day. The duration of the flight is around 1 hour.
You can rent swimsuit and towel at Myvatn Nature Baths.
Open every day from 12 pm to 10 pm.
Last entrance 45 minutes prior to closing.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 90% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before event
We recommend that you book your tickets to the nature baths in advance.
Yes, if your group has 10 or more people, we kindly ask you to book in advance here on our website.
Yes, we kindly ask everybody to shower before they go in to the lagoon. The showers are located inside the changing rooms, there you will find soap, shampoo and a conditioner.
You can stay as long as you want, within opening hours. Most people spend around 90 minutes in total.
Last entrance 45 minutes prior to closing.
You can not bring your own alcohol to the lagoon.