Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach (Reykjavik)
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach (Reykjavik) – located just outside of the city of Reykjavik (by its international airport), is this geothermal beach. Originally opened in 2001, it now draws in an estimated 530,000 guests a year (both locals and tourists). The creation of the geothermal beach was an ambitious, but very successful, project involving the construction of a lagoon with large sea walls, where cold sea and hot geothermal water fuse together resulting in higher temperatures.
The main objective of creating the geothermal beach was to establish the bay of Nauthólsvík as a diverse outdoor area and haven for recreational activities, such as sunbathing, sailing and sea-swimming: the latter is surprisingly popular all year round with people enjoying the use of the hot-tubs, steam-bath and changing facilities and showers, even when the water drops below freezing. The temperature of the sea inside the lagoon itself is higher in the summer, averaging at between 15°- 19°C, due to the geothermal heating. It’s also significantly warmer during the winter in opening hours when the overspill from the hot-tubs warm the lagoon. Keep in mind that this also depends on the tide. During high-tide when the lagoon floods temperature differences are negligible. Admission: ISK 500 (Winter), free during the Summer. Hours: 11 am – 1 pm (weekdays), 11 am – 1 pm & 5 pm – 7 pm (Monday & Wednesday) (January – May 15); 10 am – 7 pm (daily)(May 16 – August 15). See the facility’s website for details: www.nautholsvik.is