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New geothermal bath being built at a lake in the East of Iceland

Vök geothermal bath near Egilsstadir, Iceland (source: Basalt Arkitektar)
Alexander Richter 25 Oct 2018

A new geothermal bath is being built in East Iceland, called Vök Bath at a lake Urridavatn near Egilsstadir to feature hot pots within the lake.

With several geothermal baths and spas all over the country, with the Blue Lagoon as the most known, there are now several other bathing facilities being built or planned in Iceland.

The newest, as reported by Icelandic national TV station RUV, is now being built at Lake Urridavatn near the town of Egilsstadir in the East of Iceland.

Geothermal resources in the area have provided heating to houses in Egilsstadir and Fellabaer and the new geothermal bath Vök currently being built, will add to the utilisation of the resource.

Around 1,000 guests per day will be able to bath in the running pools accompanied by refreshments of the potable hot water.

“Construction is going well and we are now putting concrete over most of the house. About half of the building structures have been erected and plan is to open the bathing facilities in June/ July next year. The size of the building is around 1,000 square meters and there will be around 200 lockers for guests.”, according to Heidur Vigfusdottir, the managing director of Vök Baths.

The geothermal resources under the lake was discovered as water would not freeze throughout the winter. Legends even report of a mysterious creature called Tuska, travelling around the wake and watercourses.

“The core experience of the project are the pools that are exposed to the water, the thought is to imitate the water flows here on Urriðavatn in years before when the ice lagged. The red thread of the experience is the hot water, which is the only certified hot water for drinking in Iceland, and we will use it in the restaurant. Among other things in beer, we have produced a special hot water beer, “says Heidur Vigfusdottir.

Source: RUV