Bjórböðin is a unique, exhilarating spa in a scenic slice of North Iceland

Iceland is home to some of the cleanest, purest water on earth. Travellers are encouraged to drink water straight from the tap and to enjoy the island’s bathing facilities, from hot springs to swimming pools to luxurious spas. For a truly unique experience, The Beer Spa, Bjórböðin is the perfect place to visit. Located in North Iceland, Bjórbödin is the first beer spa outside Eastern Europe, where the owners got the idea. Bjórböðin is one of the few places in the world where everything revolves around beer, even the spa and hot tubs.

The beer bath experience

The owners wanted to focus on providing a relaxing experience for guests, who can soak in a beer bath for 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes in a relaxation area. It is recommended you do no shower for at least 4 hours after the bath in order to get the full benefits of the experience. The tubs are made from Kambala wood and they can hold up to two people. The beer bath is filled with beer, water, hops and yeast which creates a soothing mixture for your skin. If you are travelling with children, you’ll be pleased that there is no age limit for the beer bath because the water is undrinkable. However, those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Sample the beer, stay for food

 For those interested in some food and drinks, there is a restaurant on site as well as Kaldi beer on tap. The restaurant has a succulent menu to cater to the hungry crowds, ranging from small plates like bacon fries and chicken wings to burgers, steaks and fish and chips.

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Family roots in the beer business

The Icelandic family behind The Beer Spa opened the first microbrewery in Iceland in 2006 and travelled to the Czech Republic two years later, enjoying a beer bath. Returning home to Iceland, the idea started brewing to open a beer spa. In 2017 that dream was realised when The Beer Spa opened in the small North Iceland town of Árskógssandur, close to Dalvík. A must for any beer lover is to bathe in beer, savouring a pint while enjoying a wonderful view of the fjord from one of the outdoor tubs. Be sure to stop by The Beer Spa during your next trip to Iceland!