Húsavík, located in Northern Iceland, is the oldest settlement in the land of fire and ice, situated along the Skjálfandi Bay, which is frequently referred to as the whale capital of Iceland, featuring a reported 23 different species of whale. As the most populous town in Northeastern Iceland, Húsavík features several museums, performing art centers, historic churches, various restaurants and bars, and the Geosea Geothermal Sea Baths. The Geosea baths are located along the outskirts of Húsavík, under the vibrantly colored yellow lighthouse, Húsavíkurviti.
A Brief History
Locals have utilized the warm, bubbling waters of Húsavík for bathing for centuries, the geothermal waters being noted for their healing qualities. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that hot seawater from underneath the earth was discovered at the current location of the Geosea spa. The warm seawater was promptly utilized by residents, who found that the warm temperatures (100* to 102* Fahrenheit) helped to relieve skin conditions like psoriasis. Today the waters of Geosea come from two different drill holes, the original located by a cheese barrel and the other by the harbor of Húsavík.
The most remarkable feature of the Geosea baths is their infinite view of the sea. Patrons can view ships sailing by; seabirds spread their wings, and, if lucky, catch the areas numerous whales breaching; guests frequently report viewing Minke, Humpback, and Orca whales along with white-beaked dolphins. The bath’s unique design places them 160 feet above the waters below without obstructing the expansive view. The baths are especially magnificent at sunset or after dark, during which the fantastic dancing colors of the Northern Lights can be seen all from the comfort of the superheated baths.
Geosea’s hours vary depending on the time of the year, they are open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM from the beginning of June through August, while in the Winter the times vary slightly but typically the baths are available from noon until 10:00 PM.
Price & Booking
Geosea’s website allows guests to reserve a spot and buy a ticket for the thermal pools with a simple click. Prices vary depending on the time of the year. A ticket for an adult costs approximately $39 USD, while disabled or senior citizens (over 65) receive a discount (approx. $18 USD), as do children under the age of 16.
The thermal baths have a small dining area that serves simple yet delicious fare. Those in the pool can swim over to the swim-up bar and order a variety of refreshments- beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Geosea provides guests with secure storage for their belongings and ample changing rooms, which can accommodate up to 160 guests at a time. The spa is extremely hygiene-conscious, and guests must shower before entering the thermal baths. The spa provides guests with shampoo, conditioner, and soap from a local Icelandic company.