The main thing to know about when going to any of the nature baths in Iceland – you and everyone around you will need to get naked in front of each other. Coming from America I’m probably less inhibited as a lot of other people I know, so this didn’t really bother me, but it’s something to be prepared for! There was no one in the locker rooms when I was getting showered and changed so easy peasy for me. You have to shower naked before you put your swim suit on, and there are a few private showers in case you are a little shy, so don’t let that put you off going.
As I mentioned in my last post, Mývatn is full of geothermal activity, making it an ideal place to have a complex with nature pools to soak in. Jarðböðin is about five minutes outside the centre of Mývatn and has two big pools to soak in. This was our first experience of going to the baths in Iceland, and I was glad it was to a very quiet one!
We went just over an hour before closing time and practically had the whole place to ourselves. There was a handful of other bathers, but between the two pools we didn’t get anywhere near anyone. One thing to remember when getting into the hot pools, take your jewellery off. I completely forgot even though I knew I had to and my silver wrings promptly turned varying shades of an oil slick. Fear not because you can polish it off, and actually in my case they wore back to their normal silver within a few days.
We went to one other hot pool while we were in Iceland but I’ll tell you about that later. I do think this was my favourite place we went though. Nice and natural, with amazing views across the hills.