Lonely Planet Writer

Skál! A beer spa has opened in Iceland so you can sip your lager and chill out in it too

If you’re a fan of beer, you may be intrigued to learn that you can drink it and soak in it in Iceland’s first beer spa. The newly-opened Bjorbodin is situated in the north of Iceland in a town called Árskógssandur, and it offers guests the opportunity to bathe in a tub filled with warm beer, water, yeast and hops.

A beer spa has opened in Iceland.
A beer spa has opened in Iceland. Image by Bjorbodin

There are seven bath tubs made from Kambala wood at the spa, and up to two people can bathe in them at a time. The bathwater is undrinkable, but there is a beer draught at every tub for anybody over 20 years of age. After bathing for 25 minutes in the mixture, which is claimed to be good for skin, hair and overall health, you get up from the tub and go to a relaxation room for another 25 minutes.

A beer spa has opened in Iceland.
A beer spa has opened in Iceland. Image by Bjorbodin

There is also an outside area with two hot tubs, which provide a great view over Hrísey island, mountains and Þorvalds valley. They can fit 8 to 10 people each, so you can party with friends there.

A beer spa has opened in Iceland.
A beer spa has opened in Iceland. Image by Bjorbodin

Bjórböðin is part of Kaldi Brewery, which is the oldest working microbrewery in Iceland. Its beers are made from Icelandic water from a spring at Sólarfjall mountain, giving the brew a fresh flavour.