Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri is the largest town on the north coast of Iceland and is a administrative centre for the area.  On my previous visit to Akureyri in 2012 I took a tour to the Lake Myvatn area to see the thermal fields, lava fields and waterfalls. My visit is found at: https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/akureyri-iceland/

Today I took a tour to the Myvatn (pronounced Meevatn) Nature Baths.   We left the fjord  and headed to Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods), one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland (photo).  After a brief stop, we continued to the Nature Baths, which offers  a relaxing swim amid clouds of steam in a pool of geo-thermal water drawn from depths of 7,000 feet. Active volcanoes and belching steam vents populate the vicinity of Lake Myvatn (see previous post). The baths contain a unique blend of minerals, and geo-thermal microorganisms. The warm, soothing waters are said to be beneficial to skin and every hour in them is supposed to take 10 years off your life. The experience was wonderful.  The advertising says that “the facilities include a reception area and café, changing rooms and showers, as well as three natural steam baths and a 53,000-square-foot outdoor geo-thermal bathing pool maintained at a constant temperature of 100 – 104º F. Due to its chemical composition, undesirable bacteria and flora cannot live in the lagoon, making chlorine or other disinfectants redundant.” I include photos of the marvellous landscapes that we saw on our trip to and from the Baths and some photos of Akureyri from the ship.


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