Lake Mývatn is a volcanic lake located in northern Iceland. The formation of the lake was as a result of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred about 2300 years ago thus the show of its geothermal characteristics today. The lake region is full of tourist attractions one of them being the lakes geothermal nature baths. The nature baths also called jarbodin are found east of grjotagja and west of Hverir, both this areas being in the geothermal regions. This nature baths consist of man-made lagoons that are supplied by naturally heated water.

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The nature baths are the repercussions of geothermal power stations warming up underground water reserves but are also the modern prolongation of the Old Icelandic bathing tradition. Throughout the history of the lake the natives have used the natural stem for bathing by constructing rocks shelters beneath a fissure. The Mývatn geothermal nature baths were first formally opened in 2004. The man made nature baths draw their water from depths of up to 2500 meters. The water drawn contains large amounts of minerals particularly Sulphur which is known to be good for skin and respiratory problems. The water is also alkaline and as it reaches the nature baths its temperatures range between 36 to 40 degrees Celsius.

The nature baths also called jarbodin are found east of grjotagja and west of Hverir, both this areas being in the geothermal regions.

In the nature baths are also steam baths that are seated exactly on top of churning geothermal waters. The temperatures in this baths are approximately 50 degrees Celsius and the humidity is almost 100%. In the site also sits a hot tub and a distinct pool for children as well as an eatery. In order to access the nature baths a fee is charged, different rates are charged depending on the age of the person or the season. The prices are cheaper during winter than in summer.

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