Iceland’s first series of floating geothermal pools provide the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature. The Vok Baths are year-round pools that lie on the shores of Lake Urriavatn, not far from the city of Egilsstadir.
Natural Hot Springs Pools
The temperature of the lake’s hot springs is ideal for creating rejuvenating natural pools. Unlike many other Icelandic pools, the water at the Vok Baths does not have a sulfur odor when heated by geothermal energy. Wearing a swimsuit while in the water is mandatory.
Locals have known for decades that this part of Lake Urriavatn does not freeze over, even in the harsh Arctic winters. A monster at the lake’s bottom was given credit for this phenomenon. Nowadays, people understand that the uniquely warm water pockets are caused by hot springs and locals love soaking in them.
Aside from the floating pools, there are two hot pools on dry land, a sauna, a cold water spray tunnel, and a geothermal pool with an infinity view at Vök Baths.
Amenities and Dining
One of the property’s highlights is its in-water swim-up bar, where you can make an order without leaving the comfort of the warm water. Beers, wines, soft beverages, and ice slushies of varying quality are all available. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water while enjoying some alcoholic beverages.
When you check in at Vök Baths, just like many other hot springs, you’ll get a wristband that serves as your key, locker combination, and bar tab. After you’re done using the spa, you pay for everything when you check out.
In addition to the water features, there is also a tea lounge and a cafe called the Vok Bistro. A sustainable menu includes using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients in all dishes. Since the tea shop only uses herbs grown in the area, it fully supports these causes. To top it all off, it’s brewed using lake water that’s been heated by the springs.
There are a few options for buying admission to the baths. Visitors can purchase standard entry with the basic fee or upgrade to the “comfort” and “premium” admission that includes a drink and meal options. All ages are welcome to use the facility.
Address: Lake Urriðavatn, Route 925 Hróarstunguvegur, 701 Egilsstaðir, Iceland
Phone: +354 470 9500