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An Amazing Experience Which is Quite Cheap

During our trip to Iceland in the summer of 2007, Myvatn was our first place of stay - 300km along the Iceland ring, going anti-clockwise from the ferry terminal. I've reviewed Lake Myvatn seperately, so if you want to check it out - feel free.

I was initially planning to visit the thermal baths Blue Lagoon right at the end of this trip during a few days in the capital. The weather was pretty moody in Myvatn, so when a Danish girl staying at the same campsite at us mentioned to us that she was going up there and had done so the day before and thought it was considerably better than Blue Lagoon which she had also been to, we decided to give it a go.

The main reasons for the preference of this thermal bath is - less tourists and people generally, cheaper and the amazing location. A small but chilly walk up the hill from Myvatn, leads you to the baths, pay your fee, change your clothes and then take a peek outside for what you are in for.

Perched almost at the top of a hill, through the steam a dramatic view of Lake Myvatn with the vocalnic islets in the middle is seen at the edge of the nature bath and from the other side you can see the deserty star wars coloured hills in the background with smoke spiralling into the sky. It's quite magnificent. At around 0 outside when we were there, it's naturally fresh.. which makes getting into the hot water or the hot tubs all the more comforting.

There's also a sauna. Best of all - cold beer can be bought for 400kr which isn't cheap but was probably the cheapest beer we had out in Iceland in all of our trip. There's no time limit and you can basically spend all day frolicing around in the silky soft water! It wasn't particularly busy and you could always have a great deal of space to yourself, in fact there were only a handful of people there when we visited and the sauna seemed more popular.

I'd say that along with nearby Detifoss (Europe's largest waterfall), this was definitely the best part of our Iceland experience.

Fees

Adult single ticket kr. 2.000.-
Teenagers, 12-15 years kr. 1.000.-
Handicapped, Spoex Members (Icelandic Association for Patients of Psoriasis and other Skin Diseases), Senior citizens (67 years and older) kr. 1.600.

The annual tickets are a great deal at:

10 entries ticket kr. 18.000,-
3 months ticket kr. 20.000.-
Annual ticket kr. 25.000.-
Annual ticket for couples kr. 30.000.-
Annual ticket for families kr. 40.000.

With the great exchange rates at the moment, 300 kr is £1, so you really can't miss out!

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