In North Iceland, the quiet fishing town of Husavik is home to GeoSea, a wonderful, relaxing place to soak with a set of unique geothermal infinity pools. Sitting on a clifftop, these baths have one of the best views for whale watchers and people who want to see the northern lights as they look west over Skjálfandi Bay and north to the Arctic Circle.
Located on the edge of the Húsavíkurhöfði cliffs and 49 meters/161 feet above sea level, this outdoor area is also great for observing the seabirds. They can be seen from the baths and add to the beauty of the scene.
Painting-like views are created by passing boats, ships, and containers. During the summer months, the spa is open until 11 pm, while during the winter months, it closes at 10 pm. Opening hours vary by month and day of the week.
Locals have been using the region’s geothermal water for generations for soaking and cleaning up. It wasn’t until the middle of the twentieth century that it was determined the hot water being dug for at Húsavíkurhöfði was really saltwater, which is too harsh and mineral-rich to be utilized for heating purposes in homes.
Instead, pools were constructed in big, locally produced cheese barrels so that none of this precious water would be wasted.
Mineral Hot Spring Pools
There are three large pools, which stay at a comfortable 38–39 °C/100-102 ℉. They are great for easing muscle tension and increasing blood flow, giving you a deep sense of being re-energized. No chemicals are added to the water, and there is a steady stream running through the tubs to keep everything excellent, toasty, and germ-free.
The warmest pool is the one near the locker rooms and farthest from the golden lighthouse, especially along the section closest to where the water comes from.
The baths also feature a swim-up window where you can order refreshments. The selection includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and you can pay for them when you check out before leaving. A glass of water is provided at no cost.
Bathing suits and towels are required to use these facilities, but you can bring your own or rent them on-site. Entry fees are charged based on age, with different prices for adults, kids under 18, senior citizens, and students. Children under age six are free. If guests make advance reservations and need to cancel, there are penalty fees for the three days leading up to their booking.
Amenities and Dining
Before entering the pools, all bathers must rinse off and clean themselves properly. Soap, shampoo, and conditioner are offered to the visitors at the showers. An invigorating sauna, a locker room with enough space for 160 guests, and a storage locker box are also available on the premises. If guests prefer, they can also leave their valuables at the front desk.
At Geosea Diner, you can get classic meals and new twists on old favorites, including fresh, flavorful ingredients. Additionally, this restaurant offers traditional Icelandic food and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. In the warm weather, take your snack to the roof and soak up the rays. You are welcome to dine in your robe at the restaurant.
Husavik is around 479 km/298 miles from Reykjavk, but most tourists come from Akureyri, 76 km/47 miles away.
Coming from Akureya, use the Valaheii tunnel to access Route 1. Once you exit the tunnel, continue on Highway 85 north toward Husavik. Look for Laugarbrekka Road, ascending left from the port, and then follow the GeoSea signage. Going in this direction will lead you upward to the intersection of Höfavegur, and keep an eye out for a large yellow lighthouse on the left to reach GeoSea.
Address: Vitaslóð 1, 640, Húsavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 464 1210
Hours: This varies by month and season