Just steps away from Reykjavík’s city center, yet often overlooked by tourists, sits a small pool surrounded by colorful moss-covered rocks and endless sea views. A popular date spot for locals, the Kvika Footbath is rather shallow, with a depth that’s just enough to rest your feet in.
Located on the northwestern point of the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula, it’s a perfect place to put some room between you and the city lights, allowing for clear views of the northern lights as well as the area’s brilliant sunsets.
A man-made, geothermal watering hole designed by local artist Ólӧf Nordal in 2005, Kvika was built from a large, hollowed dolomite rock. With plenty of room around the edges for comfortable visitor seating, the inspiration behind the piece is unknown, however, the official name, Kvika, means “magma” in English.
Around 9-12 inches deep and 31-35 inches wide, the pool, as the name suggests, is just large enough to put your feet in. Fed by a nearby borehole, the footbath can be enjoyed throughout the year. Even during the colder months, the temperature sits around 102°F, keeping you toasty in the snow.
Sitting on the edge of the pool, you find yourself looking at Mt. Esja and Snæfellsjökull glacier, both majestic natural landmarks in their own right. The Grótta lighthouse is also in the area and well worth a visit.
Be aware that there are no changing facilities anywhere close to the pool, so if you want to be in full bathing attire, you’ll need to come prepared. However, it’s not necessary as you can simply kick back, fully clothed, and relax your feet in spa-like water while enjoying the beautiful landscape Iceland is known for.
From Reykjavík, it’s just under three miles, or 10 minutes by car. Take Hringbraut/Route 49 northwest, towards the coast, then, at the roundabout, take the second exit onto Eiðsgrandi. Continue onto Norðurströnd, and stay straight, tracing the coast, until you reach the point of the peninsula. You’ll find a small, free parking lot designated for the hot springs.
Address: 5X6R+XM5, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland
Phone: +354 595-9100