Husavik Sea Baths
Enjoy an experience at the GeoSea baths. Dive into the sea baths’ warm water—it’s a genuine wellness wonder.
Warm waters of the sea baths.
Enjoy the optimal temperature of the Geobaths of 38°–39°C.
Views of a mountain range and Skjálfandi Bay.
Level 2: Easy
Remember to bring a towel and swimsuit. There are separate locker rooms and swimmers must shower without a swimsuit before entering the baths.
After a short transfer up to the GeoSea baths, dive into the sea baths’ warm water—it’s a genuine wellness wonder. For centuries, residents have used the geothermal heat north of Húsavík for bathing and washing. Drilling for hot water at Húsavíkurhöfði in the mid-20th century revealed water that turned out to be hot seawater, too rich in minerals to be suitable for heating houses.
Instead of letting this hot water go to waste, an old cheese barrel was installed at Húsavíkurhöfði. There, Húsavík residents could enjoy the health benefits of bathing in hot seawater. Those suffering from skin conditions such as psoriasis have found relief by bathing in the water, which is at an optimal temperature of 38°–39°C.
The water in the GeoSea sea baths comes from two drillholes, one located by the cheese barrel and the other by Húsavík harbor. There is no need to use any cleaning agents or equipment, as the water naturally replenishes itself as it raises from the drillholes, flows steadily between the pools and spills over their edges. This keeps it within the limits stipulated by health regulations. The GeoSea baths enable you to enjoy nature in a unique manner. Thanks to the underground heat, the seawater in the baths is warm and comfortable and the mineral-rich water will caress your skin. While the warm sea works its miracles, enjoy views of the mountain range to the west, Skjálfandi Bay beneath the cliffs, and the Arctic Circle itself on the horizon.
Remarks/requirements: Remember to bring a towel and swimsuit. There are separate locker rooms and swimmers must shower without a swimsuit before entering the baths.
Walking information: To and from the bus and the baths, about 110–220 yards each way.