Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lake Urriðavatn as you soak in geothermal pools at Vök Baths. This stop is a must-do if you’re looking to soak in the only floating pools in Iceland while marveling at mind-blowing landscapes in East Iceland. Get ready for the ultimate geothermal destination — and don’t forget to pack your bathing suit!
The Vök Baths are the only floating geothermal baths in all of Iceland. Visitors have the opportunity to soak in relaxing waters within the confines of the lake.
The shape of the baths is inspired by the patches of the lake that did not freeze. Bathe as Icelanders have for centuries in these original geothermal spots. In the summer, visitors can also enjoy a refreshing dip in Lake Urriðavatn.
Lake Urriðavatn has always been a strange and beautiful place shrouded in myth and legend. Locals who lived around it noticed that certain parts of the lake did not freeze over during wintertime. Some even speculated that a monster lived in its depths, which melted or broke the ice. These days, we know that these ice-free patches (known as Vök) were caused by underwater hot springs beneath the lake. And that’s why we now have beautiful geothermal baths sitting on the lake!
Beside the Vök Baths are a cafe and restaurant that take your immersion to the next level:
The infusion bar at the Vök Baths offers a wide selection of foraged teas and herbal drinks made from the purified geothermal water of the lake. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious tisane that is made from the heated water of the lake and then allowed to cool. A refreshing tisane is included in the admission fee.
Café – Restaurant
The Vök Baths also host a simple local café/restaurant that serves a delicious range of soups, salads, and cakes, which all come with tasty homemade bread. The café only uses local ingredients, ensuring that you get an authentic taste of eastern Iceland with a low carbon footprint.
Vökvi and Vaka
The Vök Baths have also partnered with a local microbrewery on two incredible craft beers, brewed using the geothermal waters of Urriðavatn Lake. Enjoy a refreshing, golden pint while relaxing in the soothing waters of the lake.