At the entrance to the bathhouse, the barracks, which is a new/old and beautifully designed house for dressing rooms, there is also a small restaurant. But this ewe, with her two lambs, enjoyed the outdoors like the other guests of the bathing facility

Warm and cozy

One of the best things about Iceland is, of course, the hot water. Geothermal energy is used in many ways, with geothermal power plants producing clean electricity and heating our houses, swimming pools, and spas. Iceland’s first concrete swimming pool was built in Laugardalur in Reykjavík in 1908. There are now about 20 swimming pools in the capital area. Every town and municipality in Iceland has, of course, its own swimming pool. Since the Blue Lagoon began operations almost 30 years ago, the number of bathing experiences has increased significantly and is still growing. In a short time, three high-quality bathing places have opened, Sky Lagoon in Kópavogur, Skógarbaðin / Forrest Lagoon in Akureyri and most recently, Hvammsvík Hot Springs in Hvalfjörður. The baths are only 45 minutes drive from Reykjavík, half an hour from Akranes, and one and a half hours from Keflavík. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga went in the fine weather today to check out this month-old bathing spot.


The hot water comes from a 1400-meter-deep borehole next to the bathing place; it is constantly running, and all the water in the pools is renewed continuously.
Hvammsvík offers surfing and sea swimming.

Hvalfjörður 21/08/2022 : A7C : 2.8/21mm Z
Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson