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Nauthólsvík

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Why locals love it

This artificial beach created in 2000 and has been popular with the locals on sunny day ever since. The lagoon and the hot tubs are heated up with the hot water from the reservoir tanks situated close by.

Why you should visit it

I'm not so sure that your initial idea for the travel to Iceland included hanging out at the beach and swimming in the waters. It does sound crazy, right? In the most preferable circumstances the seawater in the lagoon is around 15°-19°C and the hot tubs are around 30°-39°C hot.

Special tip

Accept the challenge and go with some crazy locals to swim in the non-heated area.

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4 Comments

the local beach all year around. where I go for a sea swim all year:)
Thordis Loa
Local
February 18, 2018
Nice beach
Stjepan
Local
January 9, 2018
The beach to go to if you're going to the beach on a sunny day in Reykjavik. Great area for the kids to play but the place can get a bit windy so bring blankets and windbreakers. Nauthólsvík is the original warm beach for families in Iceland but a few years ago neighboring town Garðabær added their own smaller warm beach in Sjáland neighborhood by the daycare center.
An Inactive User
Local
August 5, 2017
I find the idea of a hot beach in Iceland disturbing and fascinating at the same time. I've never been there, but if there is over 20 degrees of celcius I can't find any other reason for travellers to sunbathe in Iceland, which sounds ridiculously.
Daníel Daníelsson
Local
February 13, 2017

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