Located in the heart of north-east Iceland about 105 kilometres (65 miles) south of
the Arctic Circle, Lake Mývatn with its unique nature and rich birdlife is one of
Europe´s greatest natural treasures. Shaped by repeated volcanic eruptions and
seismic activity down through the ages, the landscape around the 36.5 km2 lake
situated at an altitude of 277 m above sea-level provides a spectacular panorama
of surreal lava, crater and cave formations, sulphur-streaked mountains, and sweeping
wetlands teeming with plant and birdlife which, in summer, are home to the swarms of
midges that not only give the region its name but also provide a major source of
nutrition for fish and birds.
Opened on the 30th of June 2004, Myvatn Naturebaths offers something for everyone.
Despite its northerly location, the region enjoys a temperate climate, and the long
summer days when darkness never comes can be surprisingly warm. As summer merges
into autumn, the landscape becomes a panoramic patchwork dotted with shades of gold
and brown, while winter brings its own tapestry of snow, sparkling frosts, and frequent
opportunities to enjoy the unforgettable splendour of the Northern Lights.
A designated nature reserve, Myvatn is an area of fragile beauty where tourist services
have been developed in such a way as to cause as little disruption as possible to what
is a unique and highly delicate ecosystem.
Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully designed complex offers bathers a
completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam
rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, and ends with a luxurious swim
in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 metres.