Like other coastal cities such as Barcelona and Brisbane, Reykjavík has its own beach. Ok, maybe the beach isn’t QUITE as extensive or popular – but it is uniquely geothermal with hot pots!
The beach at Nauthólsvík is situated in a location that is a little off the beaten track for tourists. It was one of those really rainy mornings when no one else is walking anywhere but I was determined, I’d never made the excursion to this beach, and this was my one block of free time to do it. So I was going to do it. Never mind the walking through puddles or the fact that I couldn’t really look around to see where I actually was because it was raining harder and harder.
It’s not miles away (in fact it’s pretty close to the Pearl) but it’s a little hard to find in that there are no signs anywhere. Or at least I didn’t notice any but that may be because I had my hood up in the pouring rain! So I just followed my map towards what I thought must come out at the right place even though I seemed to be going around some weird office roads.
The good news is that I had the beach all to myself. It’s all artificial, with imported sand, heated water and hot pots. If I hadn’t been on my own, cold and wet I would have liked to go in a hot pot – this just wasn’t the right time!
I’m surprised at how well the pictures came out, you’ll have to trust me that the weather really was miserable. I think this would be a really good place to go as a local – it would be fun in freezing cold weather to have the contrast of sitting in hot water, and it would also be fun on a warmer sunny day.
It really is small so I can imagine it gets crowded pretty quickly.
I’m not sure why more isn’t made of this beach – I know it’s small, but it’s actually quite a unique beach and it’s free. Hmm, I can’t blame the locals if they want to keep it quiet – but if you don’t mind a bit of a walk it’s worth a visit!